Negotiations remain on knife-edge
The BBC last night reported that:
“Talks to reach a post-Brexit trade deal are in a “serious situation”, Boris Johnson said after a call with the EU Commission head Ursula von der Leyen.
He warned that “time was short” and that a no deal scenario was “very likely” unless the EU position changed “substantially”.
“On fisheries he stressed that the UK could not accept a situation where it was the only sovereign country in the world not to be able to control access to its own waters for an extended period and to be faced with fisheries quotas which hugely disadvantaged its own industry.
“The EU’s position in this area was simply not reasonable and if there was to be an agreement it needed to shift significantly.”
The UK’s chief negotiator David Frost echoed the prime minister’s tone, tweeting: “The situation in our talks with the EU is very serious tonight. Progress seems blocked and time is running out.”