Fears grow that UK is preparing to quit Brexit talks

Concern grows as top EU official arrives in London for emergency talks over UK plans to breach withdrawal agreement

Fears are growing that the UK is preparing to walk away from Brexit talks as one of the European commission’s top officials arrives in London for an emergency meeting with Michael Gove.

The two spoke on Wednesday night by phone but Maroš Šefčovič asked for Thursday’s urgent meeting for a “face to face” explanation for the government’s proposal to breach international law and “disapply” some of the Northern Ireland Brexit arrangements in the event of no trade deal.

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