Michel Barnier has warned Boris Johnson to stick to his promises as he warned there would not be a trade deal otherwise.
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator is playing hard ball with the Prime Minister ahead of a fourth round of trade talks this week as he insisted the prospect of a no-deal end to the transition period this year would be compounded by the impact of the Covid-19 crisis.
EU's chief negotiator for future relations with the UK, Michel Barnier, tested positive for the coronavirus, DPA reported.
"I would like to inform you that my sample for COVID-19 has turned out to be positive," he said on Twitter, adding that he 'doing well and in good spirits' and announced he was 'following the necessary instructions' along with his staff.
The European Commission has issued a recommendation to the Council to open negotiations on a new partnership with the United Kingdom.
This recommendation is based on the existing European Council guidelines and conclusions, as well as on the Political Declaration agreed between the EU and the United Kingdom in October 2019.
The United Kingdom and the European Union will begin negotiations on their future trade relations on March 3, according to the Guardian.
According to the publication, the negotiating groups, which will continue to be led by David Frost of the British side and Michel Barnier of the European Union, have a difficult task of finalizing the discussions by December 31st this year.
"Britain's exit from EU structures without a deal has not yet been removed as an opportunity and is a real danger." Brussels chief negotiator Michel Barnier said in Brexit talks, The Independent and Focus reported.
As the UK prepares for early elections on December 12, Barnier said future trade talks could be "difficult and "demanding".