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Chance of post-Brexit trade deal breakthrough ‘receding’, UK warns

Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal have suffered a blow, with the UK accusing the European Union of making fresh demands at the 11th hour.

The UK’s current trading arrangements with the bloc expire at the end of the month, leaving little time to get a deal agreed by negotiators and approved by the EU’s leaders, Westminster and the European Parliament.

Hopes of an imminent deal appear to be fading after Thursday’s negotiations in London between the teams led by Lord Frost and the EU’s Michel Barnier.

A senior UK Government source said: “At the 11th hour, the EU is bringing new elements into the negotiation.

“A breakthrough is still possible in the next few days but that prospect is receding.”

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson will press ahead with plans allowing ministers to tear up the Brexit divorce deal he has already agreed, despite the current round of UK-EU talks being

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Chances of post-Brexit trade deal with EU ‘receding’, UK warns

3 December 2020, 20:46 | Updated: 3 December 2020, 20:51

Trade talks between the UK and the EU appear to be hanging in the balance
Trade talks between the UK and the EU appear to be hanging in the balance.

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The chances of reaching a post-Brexit trade deal are “receding” due to fresh demands from the EU “at the eleventh hour”, the UK Government has said.

Hopes of the UK and the European Union reaching a trade agreement by the end of the week were dealt a blow on Thursday after the EU brought “new elements into the negotiation”.

Britain’s current trading arrangement with Europe will expire at the end of the month, giving the two sides little time to agree on a deal and have it ratified by the bloc’s leaders, Westminster and the European Parliament.

A senior UK Government source said on Thursday: “At the 11th hour, the EU is bringing new elements into the negotiation.

“A breakthrough is still possible

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