Brexit: How are the UK’s talks with the EU going?
EU officials say the UK is “dancing around the issues” in talks in Brussels on a Brexit deal.
Boris Johnson’s government is seeking to renegotiate the withdrawal deal agreed by his predecessor, Theresa May, but discussions so far have been at a very general level.
The EU maintains the text of the withdrawal agreement is closed but it is still listening.
“The UK wants a less involved relationship,” says one EU source close to the talks, “but it’s not clear what that means in practice.”
The prime minister’s Brexit envoy, David Frost, is back in Brussels this week for further talks but time is running short.
UK officials say criticism of their approach, from the EU side, is unfair.
“We’re having conversations this week which pick up on last week’s discussions,” one official says, “and we’ve agreed where to focus talks in the future.”