Brexit: UK backtracking on commitments, says Michel Barnier



Katya Adler | BCC

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has accused the UK of “backtracking” on commitments on fisheries and other issues in post-Brexit trade talks.

He said no “significant progress” had been made this week, and insisted the UK “respect” rules agreed with the EU.

A UK official told the BBC the two sides needed to work more “intensively” to reach a deal soon.

The UK and EU are are in dispute over the future of over competition rules, fishing rights and police cooperation.

Guidelines for these were included in the political declaration, agreed by the UK and EU last year, which set out objectives for a future relationship.

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