The Brussels negotiator insisted Boris Johnson would have to cave and allow unlimited access for European fishermen to British coastal waters if there is to be a deal. He also blew several Downing Street proposals on aviation, road haulage and the car industry out of the water after a fractious meeting with the Prime Minister’s Brexit envoy in London. But a UK Government source fired back at the Frenchman’s deal-ruining claims, insisting he had overstepped the mark with his speech to an Irish think-tank.
The source said: “Barnier’s speech is a deliberate and misleading caricature of our proposals aimed at deflecting scrutiny from the EU’s own positions which are wholly unrealistic and unprecedented.
“For our part, we have been consistently clear that we are seeking a relationship that respects our sovereignty and which has a free trade agreement at its core, similar to those the EU has already agreed with like-minded countries.”
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