Michael Barnier: Valuable time ‘wasted’ in EU-UK trade talks

The chances of a post–Brexit trade deal between the EU and UK “seems unlikely”, the EU’s chief negotiator has said after the latest round of talks.

Michel Barnier said he did not understand why they were “wasting valuable time” and it felt like the two sides were “‘going backwards, more than forwards”.

But he said there had been “progress on technical issues”