Michel Barnier has spoken out that he is “not optimistic” of avoiding a no-deal outcome.
Barnier said the most important element of the deal is the backstop mechanism aimed at keeping the Northern Irish border open in all circumstances, which must remain.
Boris Johnson has called for the provision to be scrapped in order to reach a new deal ahead of the country’s latest 31st October departure date.
However Barnier commented, “I am not optimistic about avoiding a ‘no deal’ scenario but I remain determined to explore all avenues that the UK government will present that are compatible with the withdrawal agreement.”
Tensions are still difficult between the UK and the EU.