Brexit fury: Barnier accused of ‘paying lip service’ to UK sovereignty in EU trade talks

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EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier has said that the EU remains “available to intensify talks in London on all subjects”. This comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the UK should start preparing for a no deal Brexit. Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi reiterated the Government’s point to Sky News that there was “no point” in continuing negotiations without a move on the EU’s part.

He said: “As long as they agree to negotiate with us as a sovereign in the way the EU has treated Norway on fishing, then we’re happy to intensify.

“But until they make it very clear that they are willing to negotiate with us as an equal, as a sovereign, then there’s no point simply just paying lip service.

“There’s no point saying they’ll intensify negotiations when the reality is that they don’t accept the principle that the UK has left the EU and we are now sovereign.

“We’ve just done a deal with Japan, much deeper and better than the EU had with Japan, and we’ll do many more.”

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