The EU is not ready to talk trade with Brexit Britain, MEPs said on Tuesday, unless a “major breakthrough” is made.
The European Parliament voted to back a motion saying the 27 EU countries were not ready to move to the next phase of Brexit talks. 557 voted in favour compared to 92 against with 29 abstentions.
Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told the chamber in Strasbourg that he had failed to see insufficient progress to unlock talks on a future trade deal owing to“serious divergences” on key issues.
The vote is non-binding as the final decision will be made by EU leaders.
Manfred Weber, head of the largest group in the parliament, told British Prime Minister Theresa May to “sack Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary seeking a hard Brexit.