Michel Barnier made the comments during a briefing to member state representatives on Wednesday, according to press reports.
It quotes an EU source as saying: “This is not about keeping the UK hostage. The EU has completely accepted the UK is leaving and will have regulatory autonomy and diverge … We know and understand that’s the whole purpose of Brexit. But we need to make the deal work and ensure it doesn’t crash on impact.”
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