PUBLISHED: 07:31, Thu, Oct 8, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:31, Thu, Oct 8, 2020
Britain has sought to use Prime Minister Boris Johnson's deadline of October 15 to hurry the Brussel bloc’s negotiators towards an agreement. The EU is due to asses progress on a deal at an October 15-16 summit.
Despite positive messages from Britain about the possibility of a Brexit deal, Brussels officials have offered a gloomy assessment.
They claimed the UK was “pushing a sense of positivism and momentum, but we just don’t see it".
An EU official told Politico.eu: “We are seriously questioning their tactic and why they are sending these kinds of messages as there is no deal in sight at all at this point.
"There’s clearly a spin that the UK wants to get out there: a deal is within reach, only fish is still a problem.
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