EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier comments overnight (Wednesday EU time) in Brussels:

  • "The truth is that in many areas (Britain) is demanding a lot more than Canada, Japan or many of our other (trade) partners"
  • "In many areas it is looking to maintain the benefits of being a member state without the constraints"
  • "It is looking to pick and choose the most attractive elements of the (EU) single market without the obligations."

(via Reuters)

The clock is running down on the UK-EU trade negotiations and as it does you can expect more of this sort of positioning from both sides … and a last minute 'deal' (IMO) - something like the laughable US-China 'phase 1' deal is probably the outcome to look for, at least it'll be something.

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier