No progress on Brexit, says EU parliament president after meeting PM

The European Parliament’s president has said “no progress” was made during Brexit talks with Boris Johnson in Downing Street.

David Sassoli said he had entered Number 10 on Tuesday hoping to hear proposals that could take negotiations for a new deal forward, but left disappointed.

The blow came as talks to avert a no-deal Brexit were left hanging in the balance amid accusations from No 10 that the EU was making it “essentially impossible” for Britain to leave with an agreement.

“I came here in the confident hope of hearing proposals that could take negotiations forward,” Mr Sassoli said in a statement.

“However, I must note that there has been no progress.”

In the absence of a deal, he warned, Mr Johnson has two options: ask for an extension or a no-deal Brexit.

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