Ulster Unionist leader Steve Aiken called on the PM to "end the high wire acts in EU-UK negotiations". AP's earlier story follows below.
"He emphasised the need for mutual respect on these negotiations and I think he was given the necessary flexibility to continue with the negotiations on behalf of the EU Council to ensure a comprehensive, fair free trade deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union".
The Prime Minister's official spokesman, in a briefing on Friday, said there was "no point" in Mr Barnier travelling to London.
■ EUROPEAN Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen left the EU summit after an hour and went into self-isolation when she learned a staff member had Covid-19.
Their calls for urgency were balanced however by an invitation that Britain keep talking next week in London and in Brussels the week after that.
Formal negotiations ended at the start of October, but Mr Johnson and Mrs von der Leyen pledged to "intensify talks" over the coming weeks. "We are prepared to continue negotiating".
"As far as we're concerned, the trade talks are over".
The prime minister had threatened to walk away if there was no agreement by the time of the EU Summit, which began yesterday. He said Britain would listen if there was "a fundamental change of approach" from Brussels.
But Downing Street said there had to be "a fundamental change in the EU's approach to these negotiations".
A no-deal divorce with the European Union and trade on WTO rules, with all the applicable tariffs, is likely to trigger a sharp increase in prices across the UK. But many economists say it would be devastating for many British businesses, which are already struggling with a huge economic hit from the coronavirus pandemic. The two sides have been trying to strike a deal on trade and other relations before then, and say in practice it must be agreed this month if it is to be ratified by year's end.
Responding to the warning issued at an EU summit, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said previously that "we are all disappointed and surprised by the outcome of the European Council".
Johnson's brinkmanship, which follows an European Union demand that London make further concessions, may push Brexit toward disorder, though he still left open the possibility that the European Union could reconsider and offer Britain a better deal.
He said the issues yet to be resolved were "narrow", relating to fisheries and competition.
The three major intractable issues remaining are the question of fishing rights, governance, and a level playing field in regulations, particularly around state aid.
Britain will leave the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021.
Britain accuses the bloc of seeking to impose demands that it has not placed on other countries it has free trade deals with, such as Canada.
French President Emmanuel Marcon said a deal "requires effort, particularly from the U.K".
"From the outset we were totally clear that we wanted nothing more complicated than a Canada-style relationship, based on friendship and free trade".
Merkel called for Britain to compromise. This of course means that we too have to make compromises, " Merkel said, in conciliatory note.
The prime minister's chief negotiator Lord Frost is understood to have told Mr Barnier in a telephone conversation on Friday evening that there would be "no basis" for talks on Monday given the EU's position. Britain has not commented on that timetable.