After Mr Michel held a conversation with Mr Johnson, he took to Twitter to demand the UK put its “cards on the table” ahead of the EU summit, next week. He also warned UK officials Brussels will not accept a free trade agreement “at any costs” as time runs out to secure a deal. Soon after he released the tweet, some Brexiteers hit back immediately to say Lord David Frost had already illustrated the UK’s position.
Others demanded the EU recognise the UK’s new state as an independent sovereign nation.
One person said: “Time for the EU to stop demanding unreasonable asks of a sovereign nation.”
A second: “The UK prefers a deal.
“But we won’t submit to threats and demands which no independent country would accept.
“Time for the intransigent EU to do something it’s thus far failed to do: Negotiate in good faith.”
A third said: “To be fair I think UK gov has made clear what it wants.
Another said: “Think they’ve been on the table for some time based on the UK now being an independent nation, which the EU is failing to acknowledge.”
Throughout Brexit talks, Lord Frost has claimed the EU must recognise the UK’s sovereignty.
Before then, EU officials will hold negotiations in London this week in order to resolve the issues of state aid and fisheries.
A No 10 Spokesman said today: “Although some progress had been made in recent discussions, they acknowledged that significant areas of difference remain, particularly on fisheries.
“Chief negotiators should continue to work intensively in the coming days to try to bridge the gaps.
“The Prime Minister reiterated that any deal must reflect what the British people voted for and that businesses and citizens needed certainty very soon on the terms of our future relationship.
“They agreed to remain in touch on this issue.”
Today, Lord Frost admitted there is room for an agreement to be signed between the two sides.
Despite claiming there is a “landing zone” for an agreement, Lord Frost insisted there is still significant distance between the two sides.
He also added both sides must now be aware of the lack of time between now and the deadline for a deal to be agreed.
He told a Parliamentary Committee today: “The landing zone and the nature of the agreement is pretty clear if not exactly pinned down yet.
“Even if we conclude, collectively, that a free trade agreement is not possible, there’s obviously quite a lot of practical issues we will need to discuss.
“We’ll still need to come to some sort of arrangements about flights and road haulage and other things, and you know I imagine we’d want to go on talking after that.”