Brexit: Trade talks with the EU are 'over', says No 10

Talks between the UK and EU over a post-Brexit trade agreement are "over", Downing Street has said.

Brexit: Trade talks with the EU are 'over', says No 10

Talks between the UK and EU over a post-Brexit trade agreement are "over", Downing Street has said.

No 10 said there was "no point" in discussions continuing next week unless the EU was prepared to discuss the detailed legal text of a partnership.

Earlier, Boris Johnson said the UK had to "get ready" to trade with the EU next year without an agreement.

The EU has said it is willing to "intensify" discussions but it will not do a deal "at any price".

The UK set a deadline of Thursday to decide whether it was worth continuing talks amid disagreements in key areas.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier due in London next week for further discussions but Downing Street suggested his trip would be pointless unless the EU shifted its position.

"There is only any point in Michel Barnier coming to London next week if he's prepared to address all the issues on the basis of a legal text in an accelerated way, without the UK required to make all the moves or to discuss the practicalities of travel and haulage," the prime minister's official spokesman said.

"If not there is no point in coming."

He added: "Trade talks are over. The EU have effectively ended them by saying they do not want to change their negotiating position."

Speaking in Downing Street earlier, Mr Johnson suggested the EU was unwilling to seriously consider the UK's preferred option of a comprehensive free trade agreement based on the bloc's existing arrangement with Canada.

The UK, he added, must look at the "alternative" - which he suggested was Australia's much-more limited set of agreements with the EU.

 

BBC