EU call Boris Johnson’s bluff by daring UK to walk away from talks – Brussels summit leak

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The bloc has pulled plans for plans to intensify the talks after the Prime Minister complained recent rounds had “lacked energy”. Ahead of a crunch summit of European leaders in Brussels, a leaked document revealed Michel Barnier will be ordered to resist making progress until Britain makes significant concessions on fisheries and future state subsidies policy. The “draft conclusions” say: “The European Council recalls that the transition period will end on December 31, 2020, and notes with concern that progress on key issues of interest to the Union is still not sufficient for an agreement to be reached.

“Against this background, the European Council invites the chief negotiator to continue negotiations in the coming weeks, and calls on the UK to make the necessary moves to make an agreement possible.”

A previous version of the document had called on Mr Barnier to “intensify negotiations” to ensure a Brexit trade deal is wrapped up before the end of the year. 

The Brexit trade talks will be discussed by EU leaders for the first time in over 12 months at the European Council summit in Brussels today.

The conclusions published ahead of the gathering are subject to change depending on how heads of state and government finally evaluate the future relationship negotiations with Britain.

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