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Brexit talks to ‘go the extra mile’ as UK and EU keep trying to break the deadlock

 

PM Boris Johnson warns “we’re still very far apart on some key issues” and that no-deal is still the “most likely” outcome.

 

Post-Brexit trade talks could go right to the wire after Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen agreed to “go the extra mile” and continue discussions beyond Sunday’s initial deadline.

 

The two leaders released a brief joint statement following what they called a “useful” phone call on Sunday and refused to set a new deadline for when the talks must wrap up.

Mr Johnson and Ms von der Leyen said they “discussed the major unresolved topics” and that “despite the exhaustion” of many months of talks and multiple missed deadlines, it was “responsible” to keep trying to break the deadlock.

 

Mr Johnson later said “we’re still very far apart on some key issues… but we’re going to keep talking to see what we can do”.

 

He continued to warn that a no-deal outcome was still the most likely scenario.

He said the UK should get ready for the breakdown of talks, resulting in tariffs under World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms from 1 January – a move that is predicted to cost jobs, cause food prices to rise and wipe £45bn off the economy.

“The most likely thing now is, of course, that we have to get ready for WTO terms, Australia terms,” Mr Johnson said.

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