UK must face possibility of no future relationship with EU by end of December – Sky News

  • Chief negotiator David Frost has suggested the UK continue to prepare for “all possible scenarios” for the end of the year.
  • This comes after reports yesterday about the UK and the EU still being far from reaching an agreement in terms of a trade deal.
  • The UK acknowledges large gaps between the two parties on topics such as fisheries and competition rules.
  • Mr Frost expressed he is still looking for a deal similar to the one the EU has with Canada and it remains “unclear why this is so difficult for the EU”.
  • The UK is optimistic in terms of bridging the gaps and finding a way to reach a deal by the end of August or September.
  • Mr Barnier has said the UK’s attempt to completely exclude the EU from fishing in British waters is totally unacceptable.
  • The EU believes the UK is refusing to display a “willingness to break the deadlock”, something which may ultimately lead to a no-deal Brexit.

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