EU to seek more time to ratify Brexit trade deal amid tensions with UK

Chief negotiator, David Frost, claims bloc struggling to get used to ‘independent actor in its neighbourhood’

The European Union is expected to ask for more time to ratify the Brexit trade deal, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator has said as he laid the blame for continuing UK-EU tensions at the door of Brussels.

David Frost claimed that a resolution to now strained relations required a “different spirit” from the EU, in comments made less than 48 hours before a crunch meeting between Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove and a senior European commission figure.

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