EU says 'no significant progress' in post-Brexit talks

In this file photo taken on January 23, 2019 an anti-Brexit activist waves a Union and a European Union flag as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in central London. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

British and European negotiators made "no significant progress" in post-Brexit talks this week, EU negotiator Michel Barnier said Friday, accusing London of failing to honour the divorce terms.

Barnier said any agreement must be reached before October 31 in order to be ratified before the end of the year, when Britain will leave the EU single market and customs union with or without a trade deal.

Clearly frustrated, Barnier said that British negotiators are seeking to backtrack on commitments already made when Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed a political declaration with EU members last year.

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