Britain says next week will be very significant for Brexit deal

LONDON: The next week will be very significant for Brexit, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday when asked how near the deadline was in trade talks with the European Union.

“This is a very significant week, the last real major week subject to any further postponement,” Raab told the BBC. He said negotiations were down to their final two basic issues and a deal was possible if the EU showed some pragmatism.

He added that trade negotiations with the European Union are in a reasonable position, with some progress on competition issues but significant differences outstanding on fishing.

“I do think we’re in a reasonable position, there’s a deal to be done,” Raab told Sky News.

Asked about a final deadline for talks, he said negotiations were into the “last week or so” but said the EU had previously moved the goalposts on a final deadline.

 

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