EU diplomats sounding pessimistic about EU-UK negotiations. “Two weeks ago it seemed more positive. Now the only thing that’s moving is time” according to one well-placed source #Brexit /1
Suggestion by one diplomat that no deal might be useful “to clear the air” between U.K. and EU at this stage. Otherwise, he said, relations would be tense “from day one” after deal signed as both sides so far apart on common standards argument /2
EU still insists UK trying to get unrivalled access to single market while wanting to diverge as much as possibile on standards/regulations while U.K. blames EU for continuing to want to tie it to Brussels’ and not accepting post #Brexit reality /3
Same old arguments. But every day closer to end of transition period. Deal is still possible. General concensus in EU: that decision lies in Downing Street /4

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