LONDON â€” The U.K. and EU are set to miss another Brexit deadline â€” this one set by the European Parliament.
MEPs wanted a trade agreement locked in before midnight on Sunday to allow enough time for scrutiny of the text. But a U.K. government official said discussions would continue on Monday, meaning the Sunday night deadline would be missed.Â
â€œTalks remain difficult and significant differences remain,â€ the official said. â€œWe continue to explore every route to a deal that is in line with the fundamental principles we brought into the negotiations.â€
Chief negotiators David Frost from the U.K. and Michel Barnier from the EU met on Sunday afternoon. Barnier tweeted afterward: â€œWe respect the sovereignty of the UK. And we expect the same.â€
Bernd Lange, chair of the European Parliament’s trade committee, tweeted: “The consequence of no deal tonight is obvious: the EP does not know the consolidated text, is not in a position to scrutinise before the end of the transition period. So make preparations now for a no-deal period and agree emergency measures with UK.â€Â