Michel Barnier, the EU’s Chief Negotiator, Criticises UK’s “Nostalgic Approach”

Michel Barnier, the EU’s Chief Negotiator, and David Davis, the Secretary of State for Leaving the European Union, have failed to make substantial progress following the recent round of negotiations over Brexit.

Barnier said in a press statement:

“British positions are nostalgic, they involve wanting to benefit from all single market benefits without being in it.”

Davis disagreed with the assessment, saying in a statement:

“This week we’ve had long and detailed negotiations across multiple areas and I think it’s fair to say, we’ve made some concrete progress”.

Guy Verhofstadt, the Chief Negotiator for the European Parliament, wrote in an article for the Daily Telegraph:

“Given the current pace of talks there is a real danger that sufficient progress will not be made by October. It would be a very risky strategy to burn negotiating time now in the hope that individual EU leaders will ride to the rescue; it was EU governments who defined Michel Barnier’s negotiating mandate”.