Reacting to the UK’s decision, EU head negotiator Michel Barnier said Brussels had “always been open to an extension”.
“At today’s joint committee, we took note of the UK’s decision not to extend. We must now make progress on substance,” he said.
“To give every chance to the negotiations, we agreed to intensify talks in the next weeks and months.”
The developments come after the first ministers of Scotland and Wales wrote to Boris Johnson demanding an extension to the transition period past the end of December.
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