Chief negotiator told of ‘disappointment and surprise’ over British failure to offer further details on financial settlement

Germany is leading EU27 states in pressuring their negotiating team to take a stricter line in Brexit talks with the UK, offering the British government no hope of discussions on a future relationship with the bloc unless a definitive concession on the financial settlement is made in the next few weeks.

At a meeting of ambassadors on Wednesday evening, the EU27 states told Michel Barnier, the bloc’s chief Brexit negotiator, of their “disappointment and surprise” at the UK government’s failure to offer any further details on the budget commitments it was willing to honour on the leaving the EU.

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