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The EU’s chief negotiator will meet with the head of Boris Johnson’s Task Force Europe, Lord Frost, to try to get the talks stalled. The couple are expected to hold informal talks in Downing Street ahead of the eighth round of formal negotiations in London next week.

Officials have held tomorrow’s meeting to try to inject new impetus into the feud following desperation on both sides over the lack of progress over the past month.And tensions rose yesterday when French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian blamed the stalemate on “the uncompromising and unrealistic attitude of the United Kingdom.”

In an explosion to the French ambassadors, he asserted that the EU would not back down to accept Boris Johnson’s demand for a free trade agreement without guarantees of European fishing rights and without a commitment to obey a multitude of Brussels regulations.

“On Brexit, we have always been united and we have proven wrong to those who saw signs of a global implosion of Europe. It is by remaining united that we can stick to our line of global accord, ”said Le Drein.

British officials fought back, accusing the EU of making “progress unnecessarily difficult”.

A spokesperson said: “We have been clear from the start on the principles underlying the British approach: we seek a relationship that respects our sovereignty and is based on a free trade agreement, similar to those with which the EU has already agreed to. country in mind.

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“However, the EU still insists not only that we have to accept continuity with EU state aid and fisheries policy, but also that this has to be agreed before any other substantive work can be done in any other area of ​​negotiation, including legal texts. , which makes progress unnecessarily difficult.

“We will continue to work hard to reach an agreement and we look forward to the next round which is next week. “



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