Barnier is “rather pessimistic” about an agreement with Britain

European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said that there is no agreement yet on the Brussels-London trade relationship, according to an official.

Informing EU envoys early Monday morning, Mr Barnier said the three most “thorny” issues in the negotiations had not yet been resolved.

A senior diplomat told Reuters that Mr Barnier appeared “rather pessimistic” about the prospect of an agreement.

Mr Barnier is expected to continue talks with his UK counterpart, David Frost, and their staffs.

A new communication between the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

The main differences between the two sides are located in three areas:

a level playing field,

Last week, France threatened to veto a trade deal it found unsatisfactory.

With information from Reuters