Brexit LIVE: Barnier arrives in London for showdown TODAY as leaked cables expose EU panic – Daily Express



Mr Barnier is said be “concerned” Mr Johnson is holding back on finding an agreement on fishing and state aid in order to achieve a last-minute “trade off”, according to The Guardian.

An EU Commission source said: “These points will not be easy to iron out with just a phone call between leaders.“It is leaving it too late.”Meanwhile the EU is also concerned Home Secretary Priti Patel will attempt to agree security assurances from member blocs away from Brexit negotiations after she invited five to a meeting in London on September 22.

The revelation comes after talks were put on a collision course over new Brexit legislation which has dismayed senior EU figures, who are concerned it could override key elements of the Withdrawal Agreement that sealed the UK’s departure from the bloc in January.

Meanwhile, Mr Frost said the two sides “can no longer afford to go over well-trodden ground” in the deadlocked talks, as he warned progress must be made this week to get an agreement in place for the end of the transition period.

Speaking on the eve of talks, Mr Frost said: “Today, I will sit down with Michel Barnier and drive home our clear message that we must make progress this week if we are to reach an agreement in time.

“We have now been talking for six months and can no longer afford to go over well-trodden ground.”We need to see more realism from the EU about our status as an independent country.”

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8.56am update: EU takes swipe at UK 

EU diplomats said public posturing was to be expected AS Johnson says mid-October is the deadline for a deal.

One said: “As you get closer to the deadline, it’s not surprising people ramp up the pressure.

“We all believe there has been movement by the EU towards the UK position, but it hasn’t been reciprocated, and that’s the concern.

“So, time is running out. If we are to get the deal that everybody wants, given the number of open issues and given the amount of time left, any deal is looking thinner and thinner.”

8.30am update: FTSE 100 rises

UK shares rose on Tuesday as a raft of strong corporate earnings updates brewed optimism around a post-pandemic economic rebound, while fresh Brexit negotiations sparked concerns about a no-deal exit for the UK from the EU. 

Britain began a fresh round of Brexit trade talks by warning the EU that it was ramping up preparations to leave the bloc without an agreement as the two sides bicker over rules that govern nearly $1 trillion in trade.

The FTSE 100 rose 0.6 percent, gaining for a second straight session, with financials and service-based companies gaining the most, while the mid-cap FTSE 250 added 0.2 percent. 

8am update: Brexit trade talks could be ‘null and void’ 

Britain’s trade talks with the EU would be rendered “null and void” if the Brexit withdrawal agreement it signed up to is not implemented in full, Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin has warned. 

The EU warned Britain on Monday that there would be no trade deal if a Financial Times report that London might simply undercut the divorce treaty signed in January was accurate. The deal included special arrangements to avoid a hard border between Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland.

Mr Martin told the Irish Examiner in an interview: “The withdrawal agreement is an international treaty and we expect the UK government to implement and to adhere to what was agreed. We trust them to do so or they would render the talks process null and void.”

7.46am udpate: UK will leave with no deal if EU not flexible 

Britain’s housing minister has warned that unless the EU started to show more flexibility to help clinch a Canadian-style free trade deal then the government would be happy to leave the bloc without a deal.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News when asked if he was looking forward to a no-deal Brexit: “We want to leave with a Canada-style free trade arrangement – that’s always been our preference – and we think that’s still possible.

“But… if they don’t show the degree of flexibility and realism that we want them to show… then we’ll leave with the kind of trading arrangements that Australia and other countries have and we think that’s also a good arrangement for the future.”