Michel Barnier has accused Boris Johnson of time wasting as he said a Brexit deal between the UK and EU is now “unlikely”.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said at a press conference on Friday that talks have gone “backwards”.
Barnier’s comments came after the conclusion of the latest round of negotiations between the UK and the EU to establish a “future relationship” framework once the Brexit “transition period” ends on 31 December.
The UK has ruled out extending the transition period.
In an attack on the Johnson administration, Barnier said: “It felt as if we were going backwards rather than forwards.
“Today, at this stage, an agreement between the UK and EU seems unlikely.
“I simply do not understand why we are wasting valuable time."