Brexit: “The ball is in the UK’s court”, EU negotiator says
With the Brexit deadline fast approaching and the UK refusing to take another extension, Michael Barnier, EU’s Brexit negotiator states that the UK has so far failed to adequately engage with the options offered by the EU state aid and fisheries in the previous negotiating rounds, which have mostly been held on video calls due to coronavirus safety restrictions.
“The ball is in the UK’s court,” Barnier told an online seminar on Wednesday. “I believe that the deal is still possible.”
He said he was “disappointed” with Britain’s refusal to negotiate on foreign policy and defence but that he was open to finding a “margin of flexibility” on thus-far conflicting EU and UK positions on fishing and the state aid fair play guarantees.