Michel Barnier could be sidelined by EU leaders in bid to break Brexit deadlock

MICHEL Barnier could be sidelined by European Union leaders in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock.

Representatives from the EU's 27 member nations expect European Commission boss Ursula von der Leyen to allow for state heads to intervene in deadlocked Brexit talks, the Telegraph reported.

EU leaders want to speed up the UK's departure from the bloc.

They hope that by getting involved it will allow Mr Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, and his UK counterpart Lord Frost to agree to the details of the move.

There are two further rounds of trade negotiations between the UK and the EU scheduled for this month.

Both sides blame each other for the deadlock, and there has been a deadlock on the issues of fishing and state aid.

Meanwhile, the European Union is demanding a potential veto on Britain's post-Brexit laws and regulations, The Times reported.

Mr Barnier is insisting that the UK must agree not to implement any change to laws that could distort trade with the bloc without first consulting the EU.

Lord Frost has reportedly rejected the approach.

EU diplomats said earlier that Barnier went to London on Tuesday to tell Lord Frost that Britain must move on state aid, or there will not be a Brexit agreement.


The chances of Britain leaving the European Union without a trade deal have risen sharply as negotiations have been threatened by London's insistence that it have full autonomy over its state aid plans.

Yesterday, Boris Johnson played up the prospects of a no deal Brexit as he declared Britain will "prosper mightily" whatever happens to EU trade talks.

The PM said Britain will be ready regardless of the outcome of the stalling trade talks with Brussels.

Downing Street insiders have privately described the chances of agreeing a trade deal with Brussels at just "30 to 40 per cent" – with barely a month left of negotiations between the two sides.

EU sources have told The Sun that expectations ahead of next week's resumption of trade negotiations are "extremely low".

And the EU Council President Charles Michel has refused to even discuss Brexit at this month's summit of EU leaders because of the lack of progress.

The increasing chances of a no deal Brexit led to haulage bosses demanding urgent talks with Cabinet ministers over concerns there are “significant gaps” in the UK’s Brexit border preparations.

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