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Barnier refuses to get last Eurostar to Brussels as Brexit talks lay in tatters

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The Brussels diplomat was reportedly preparing to return to Brussels for talks with EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen before the bust-up. After another late-night session, Mr Barnier decided to stay put in the capital to focus his efforts on rescuing the trade talks.  Sources have claimed he may also shelved plans to debrief EU27 ambassadors and MEPs on latest state of play.

Brexit negotiators threw on the brakes last night with sources conceding the latest round of talks “did not go well” after Brussels shifted position to appease France over rules on state aid subsidies and standards.

European sources have lamented British officials for “wilfully misinterpreting” previously tabled proposals.

In a sign of fresh tensions, one insider suggested that maybe Downing Street had “only now started paying attention”.

“Barnier is still there, things are not moving forward,” they added. 

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EU sources close to the talks denied reports of a breakthrough, insisting there has not been sufficient movement to end the current impasse. 

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