France blames UK's intransigent attitude for Brexit talks impasse

The ball is in Britain's court, the EU is as united as ever, Jean-Yves Le Drian says

France's foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday blamed the stalemate in Brexit talks on what he called Britain's intransigent and unrealistic attitude, news wires reported.

"The negotiations are not advancing because of an intransigent and, let's be clear, unrealistic attitude of the United Kingdom," Le Drian said in a speech to French ambassadors based in Europe. Speaking alongside German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, he said the EU was as united as ever in reaching an ambitious Brexit deal, but the ball was in Britain's court.

Negotiations between Britain and the European Union on future relations after its exit from the bloc on 31 January have made scant progress, with both sides accusing the other of posing unachievable demands.

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