Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief negotiator for Britain’s exit from the EU commonly referred to as Brexit, has scolded his British counterpart, describing London’s exit demands as “simply impossible.”
“The UK wants to take back control, it wants to set its own standards and regulations, but it also wants to have these standards recognized automatically in the EU, that is what the UK position papers say,” Barnier said on Thursday.
“This is simply impossible; you cannot be outside the single market and shape its legal order,” Barnier said at a joint press conference to mark the end of the latest round of talks.
Barnier took part in the press conference with David Davis, Britain’s Brexit minister, at the end of the third round of negotiations between the EU and British negotiators in Brussels.
The third round of Brexit talks started on Monday, more than a year after Britons narrowly voted in a national referendum to…