The insider hit out at Brussels after Boris Johnson declared that Britain should prepare for no deal in a statement on Friday. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, UK chief negotiator Lord Frost told his EU counterpart Michel Barnier not to travel to London next week for further negotiations.
The Government source said: “Instead of engaging in a meaningful negotiation, the EU seemed to think they could run down the clock to force the UK to make concessions.
“If they did think that, they have made a major misjudgement about this Government compared to its predecessors.”
In his statment, Mr Johnson fumed that the EU was not prepared to offer the Canada-style deal the UK has asked for.
He said: “They want the continued ability to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a way that is obviously unacceptable to an independent country.
The EU made a “major misjudgement” in post-Brexit trade talks, according to a Government source
“Given that this summit appears to explicitly rule out a Canada-style deal, I think that we should ready for January 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia’s.”
The UK left the EU on January 31 and is in a transition period until the end of the year.
Fishing has proved the biggest stumbling block in negotiations on a post-Brexit free trade agreement.
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12.10pm update: IDS urges Boris to ‘hold his ground’
Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith warned the EU “are bound to come scurrying back in the hope he will settle for anything as he gets closer to the wire”.
Writing in The Sun, he said: “Boris must continue to stand firm.
“There must be no sell-out of our fishing rights and there can be no deal with the EU as long as the Withdrawal Agreement stops us getting that Canada-style deal that Boris called for and which the EU once offered.”
Iain Duncan Smith has urged Boris Johnson to “hold his ground”
11am update: UK and EU should return to negotiating table to strike deal – director general of the British Chambers of Commerce
Asked about the prospect of no deal, Adam Marshall told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge programme: “Businesses are hugely concerned and it is not the preferred outcome for the vast majority of companies around the country.
“Quite frankly, what businesses feel they are living in is a bit of pantomime theatre between the two sides right now.
“If, as has been reported, the two sides have gotten closer on a number of issue areas, we want them to stop making declarations to the press, get back into the room around the table and secure an outcome.
“That’s what’s in the mutual interest of both sides in this discussion and rather than convening press conferences, that’s really what we need to see.”
9.45am update: Gove says ball is in Barnier’s court
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has said the ball is in EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier’s court as to whether Brexit talks continue.
He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “The ball is in his court. We’ve made clear that we need to see a change in approach from the European Union.
“I know that he’ll be calling David Frost over the course of the next few days, let’s see if the European Union appreciate the importance of reaching a deal and the importance of making ground.”
Michael Gove has said the ball is in EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier’s court as to whether Brexit talks continue
9.30am update: Cabinet Office minister accuses EU of not being ‘serious’ about compromising to reach deal
Having previously put the chances of an agreement with the EU at 66 percent, Michael Gove told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday they were now “less”.
He said: “I can’t be precise but one of the reasons why it’s less is the position that’s been taken in the last couple of weeks by EU leaders.
“What we’ve seen and what our negotiators have found is the EU side have not been willing to produce the detailed legal text, they’ve not been willing to intensify the talks in a way that would indicate that they were actually serious about reaching an agreement and at the same time they’ve also insisted that both we accept a level of control over our autonomy that an independent country can’t really accept.
“And at the same time they’re saying they should continue to have exactly the same access to for example to our fishing waters and our fishing stocks as before.
“And so that seems to me to be the behaviour of an organisation and an institution that is not serious about making the compromises necessary to secure a deal.”
Brexiteer Sir John Redwood has ripped into Michel Barnier
8.40am update: Redwood mocks Barnier in scathing tirade
Brexiteer Sir John Redwood has ripped into Michel Barnier, telling the EU chief negotiator to stay put in Brussels “unless he understands that we intend to be independent” following Boris Johnson’s defiant warning to Brussels.
Sir John praised the Prime Minister’s decision, hailing it as a “big move forward”.
Speaking to Martin Daubney and Belinda de Lucy of Brexit Unlocked, the Tory MP issued a scathing assessment of the EU, saying they should “not expect to boss us around anymore”.
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8am update: Gove insists UK ‘increasingly well prepared’ for no deal
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said: “It is not my preferred destination, and there will be turbulence en route.
“I am not blithe or blasé about the challenges, but if the choice is between arrangements that tie our hands indefinitely, or where we can shape our own future, then that’s no choice at all.
“And leaving on Australian terms is an outcome for which we are increasingly well prepared.“
7.30am update: Farmers makes final call to change Agriculture Bill
The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on Parliament to adopt an amendment to the Agriculture Bill which they say will protect UK food standards in future trade deals.
The Government won a vote in the Commons last week to reject the House of Lords amendment to the Bill which would have required agricultural and food imports to meet domestic standards.
NFU president Minette Batters wrote in the Mail on Sunday: “I hope that Parliament will, next week, put the Agriculture Bill to bed, accept Lord Curry’s amendment to strengthen the Trade and Agriculture Commission, provide a legal basis from which to operate and give MPs the role in agreeing our future trade deals.”
The Government has insisted that existing protections are already in place and they have no intention of watering them down.