“There will not be an agreement at all costs, as President Ursula von der Leyen has said on numerous occasions,” Barnier said on Wednesday.
“This is the position which is at the heart of my mandate, confirmed by your Parliament and by the European Council, reaffirming our constructive attitude to continue the discussion and negotiations.”
While Barnier seems to be open to making concessions in order to reach an agreement, European Council President Charles Michel continues to retain a hard line on the negotiations. On Wednesday, Michel reiterated that the EU is wanting to keep close ties with the UK, but that Britain cannot expect to “have your cake and eat it”.
An agreement would have to be reached in the coming weeks, as the ultimate deadline for the Brexit talks is set in early November to give both Parliaments sufficient time to ratify and implement the deal.