BREXIT: “Stop playing hide and seek” – Michel Barnier to UK Government

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European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier urged the British Government ‘to stop playing hide and seek’ over the country’s aims for trade ties and went on warning that delays in agreeing on judicial oversight risk wrecking any Brexit deal.

Barnier said that he would not be intimidated by what he referred to as a “blame game” from the British government of accusing the EU of inflexibility because it rejected some British demands.

Barnier was addressing experts in EU law in Portugal, when he accused the British leaders of failing to understand that it was the unique legal structures of the European Union which Britain had contributed for 45 years, which underpinned trust among member states, but which could not be extended to a non-member.