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EU’s Barnier warns Britain post-Brexit transition ‘not a given’

A post-Brexit change period is “not a given”, the European Union’s (EU) Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier give fair warned Britain on Friday, saying London had raised “substantial” issues with the scenario proposed by the bloc.

Barnier, speaking to journalists in Brussels after the new round of negotiations with British envoys, said he was surprised by London’s posture and that some of the EU’s positions on the transition period were non-negotiable.

“If these idiosyncrasies persist, a transition is not a given,” Barnier said.

“If these disagreements were to persist, there intention undoubtedly be a problem. I hope we will be able to resolve these discordances in the next round.”

“The sooner the UK makes its choices, the better,” Barnier also said of the EU’s watchfulness that London should present its vision of its new relationship with the bloc after the post-Brexit alteration ends.

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