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Brexit brinkmanship: Johnson says prepare for no-deal, cancels trade talks

Brexit brinkmanship: Johnson says prepare for no-deal, cancels trade talks”

The center-left SPD politician spoke after Johnson accused the European Union of failing to negotiate seriously and warned his country to prepare to trade with the bloc based on World Trade Organization rules from January when the Brexit transition period ends.

European Parliament Vice President Katarina Barley sees little chance for anything other than a narrow UK-EU trade deal after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there was no point in continuing the negotiations.

Mr Johnson said Britain could embrace the prospect of trading on WTO terms - with tariffs on many goods and some quota restrictions - with "high hearts and complete confidence".

Mr Johnson previously set a deadline for an agreement last week.

'That is why we told Michel Barnier that there is no point in him coming to London this week unless there is a fundamental change of approach from the European Union'.

Asked if the door is still open to talks, he said: "It is ajar; we hope the European Union will change their position, we're certainly not saying that if they do change their position we can't talk to them".

Johnson's spokesman said talks were now over and there was no point in the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier coming to London next week barring a change in approach.

More than 70 British business groups representing over 7 million workers made a last-ditch attempt on Sunday to persuade politicians to get back to the negotiating table next week and strike a Brexit deal.

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"We have drawn the conclusion that unless their approach changes, they are not interested and they have in effect drawn stumps", said Gove.

Last night, a Government source said: 'The EU must fundamentally change course or the United Kingdom will leave on Australian-style terms, under which we will thrive'.

The two sides have been at loggerheads for months over the issues of future fishing rights and state aid rules.

But, he added on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show, that "we are ready if required" to leave without a trade deal, which he admitted would not "be a picnic".

On Friday evening, an European Union spokesman tweeted that chief negotiator Michel Barnier held video talks with his British counterpart David Frost and that negotiators from both sides will be in touch on Monday for further discussions on the "structure" of talks.

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive Mike Hawes warned it would have a "devastating impact" on the automotive sector, hitting jobs "in every region of Britain".

CBI deputy director general Josh Hardie said: "Businesses are doing all they can to prepare for Brexit. A swift deal is the single most effective way to support recovery in communities across Europe", they said.



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