Michel Barnier: blame Boris Johnson for a no-deal Brexit

The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said Boris Johnson’s government will have to bear full responsibility for a no-deal Brexit, as more than three years of talks between the UK and Brussels appeared on the brink of collapse last night.

In what appeared to be the opening shots in a blame game as both sides sense failure, Barnier said he could not see how a deal could be done unless the British side came forward with revised proposals within days.

If it refused to do so – and there was no deal as a result – this would be viewed by the EU as the deliberate choice of Boris Johnson’s government.

“If they do not change, I do not believe, on the basis of the mandate I have been given by the EU27, that we can advance,” Barnier told an audience in Paris on Saturday.

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