UK negotiators have only engaged with issues ‘in last week or two’, says EU

Exclusive: No 10 had ‘change of attitude’ after pressure from business, says commissioner

British negotiators in the trade and security talks with the EU have only started to engage with the most contentious issues “in the last week or two” after pressure from business groups, the European commissioner for trade has said.

In an interview with the Guardian, Phil Hogan, who oversees the EU’s negotiations, said there had been “a change of attitude” by Downing Street in July as they realised time was running out but that the talks were “not as advanced as we would like”.

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