Hunt: Future generations will blame EU for talks failure
Jeremy Hunt has said relations with the EU will be “poisoned for many years to come” if Brussels fails to budge in the talks, as the cabinet ministers leading the negotiations put on hold tentative plans to return to the Belgian capital.
Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general, and the Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, had been expected to resume their haggling on the Irish backstop on Friday.
But after what Cox described as “robust” talks earlier in the week, during which Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator rejected the latest British proposals, the two sides appeared to be in a stalemate.
A visit by Cox and Barclay had not been confirmed for Friday. But if talks had progressed on the British ideas for winning over MPs to the Brexit deal, sources on both sides had suggested that the cabinet ministers would be in Brussels, ahead of a sign-off by the prime minister during a possible Sunday visit to the EU’s headquarters.
UK officials insisted that the situation remained “fluid” and that both men were on standby, should there be a breakthrough.