EU’s chief negotiator shows frustration with lack of progress and British ‘nostalgia’

It was hard not to conclude, watching David Davis and Michel Barnier during a tense joint press conference at the end of the third round of Brexit talks in Brussels, that these were two men – and two sides – largely talking past each other.

For the ever-upbeat Brexit secretary, “concrete progress” had been made – he listed some smaller, discrete areas to do with citizens’ rights – and the UK was being “substantially more flexible and pragmatic” than the EU.

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