A comprehensive Brexit trade deal could be finalised in September, British and EU negotiators said yesterday while warning of two big hurdles.
After the latest talks in London, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, said that an agreement was “unlikely” unless Britain made concessions on fishing rights and competition.
David Frost, Boris Johnson’s chief negotiator, said “considerable gaps remain in the most difficult areas” and that the UK must “face the possibility” that the talks could collapse.
Having set a deadline of the end of the month to reach a framework agreement, Mr Frost said the UK was now happy for the talks to continue in September and played down suggestions that his team would walk away.
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