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UK chief Brexit negotiator 'disappointed' by EU summit conclusions - London News

London, Oct 16 (IANS) British chief negotiator David Frost said that he was "disappointed" and "surprised" that the conclusions at a summit of the European Union (EU) said that the regional bloc is no longer committed to working "intensively" to reach a future partnership with Britain.

Updated Oct 16, 2020 01:51 AM

UK chief Brexit negotiator 'disappointed' by EU summit conclusions - London News

"Disappointed by the euco conclusions on UK/EU negotiations. Surprised EU is no longer committed to working 'intensively' to reach a future partnership," Frost tweeted on Thursday, pointing out that intensive talks had been agreed with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on October 3, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Also surprised by suggestion that to get an agreement all future moves must come from UK. It's an unusual approach to conducting a negotiation," Frost said.

He said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out UK reactions and approach on Friday in the light of his September 7 statement.

Johnson said last month that a future trade deal needs to be agreed by mid-October to enable it to be approved ahead of January 1, 2021.

After EU Summit discussions on Brexit on Thursday, EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said he will continue intensive talks in the coming weeks and the EU hopes to reach a deal with the UK, but not at any price, urging Britain to agree to a level playing field for access to EU market.

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