Brexit: ‘Substantial differences’ stay on trade deal after Boris Johnson talks with EU chief

 Brexit: ‘Substantial differences’ stay on trade deal after Boris Johnson talks with EU chief

” Considerable distinctions” stay in settlements on a UK/ EU trade deal after talks today between Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, Downing Street has said.

But No 10 said that Mr Johnson will remain in “individual contact” with Ms von der Leyen over the essential coming days as time runs out to prevent a harmful no-deal Brexit.

Major sticking points in the talks stay fisheries and Brussels’ demand for a level-playing field on requirements to prevent the UK undercutting continental rivals.

Face-to-face talks in between EU chief arbitrator Michel Barnier and his UK counterpart Lord Frost will resume in London on Monday, with 53 days to precede Mr Johnson’s self-imposed deadline of 31 December to get a contract or leave without an offer.

The UK has actually dismissed ideas that Mr Johnson is keeping settlements with Brussels on hold until the outcome of the United States election is clear, amidst speculation that victory for

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