Conservative MP Vicky Ford claimed the European Union could be to blame for slow progress made in Brexit negotiations so far.
Last week the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned the UK that it had to “make up its mind” on what it wanted in the second round of negotiations.
Speaking on Emma Barnett’s Radio 5 Live show, the Conservative MP pointed out the EU did not want to discuss its long-term future relationship with the UK.
She said: “I also think that it has been incredibly difficult when the EU negotiators have not yet been prepared to discuss the long-term relationship.
Brexit news: Vicky Ford claims EU are partly to blame for slow Brexit progress
“You mentioned it earlier, you know Barnier has not been prepared to start the long-term trade talks.
“We have seen a little bit of an opening this week from Ireland saying let’s move onto the long-term trade talks.
“That is really helpful and we should welcome that because it has got to be a two-way negotiation.”
The UK decided to follow the EU’s timetable for Brexit, which meant three key issues of the Irish border, EU citizens and divorce settlement had to be agreed before trade talks could commence.
It has been incredibly difficult when the EU negotiators have not yet been prepared to discuss the long-term relationship
Following a meeting with David Davis last week, the European Union‘s chief Brexit negotiator warned Britain that its position was still not clear, and could even lead to a border in Ireland placeing the Peace Agreement at risk.
“If these disagreements persist, the transition is not a given,” the Frenchman said.
“To be frank I am surprised by these disagreements. The positions of the EU are very logical.
“It is important, to tell the truth. A UK decision to leave the single market and to leave the customs union would make border checks unavoidable.
“The sooner the UK makes its choices the better. I wasn’t talking about a threat when I talked about the transition.”
Today the Foreign Secretary set out his aims for uniting the country as it prepares to cut ties with the EU.
He said: “The success of Brexit will depend on what we make of it. And it will be a success.”
Mr Johnson also sent a warning to Remainers trying to stop Britain from leaving the EU.