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Fundamental divergences remain as Brexit trade talks near end: Minister

Iran Press TV

Sunday, 06 December 2020 10:53 AM

Fundamental divergences remain as talks between the UK and the EU over a post-Brexit trade agreement are about to end, says British farming minister.

Negotiators are working to agree on a deal in time to be ratified before December 31, when the UK will no longer abide by EU single market rules under the terms of a post-Brexit transition.

However, there are some key divisive issues remain to be resolved that revolve around fishing rights, rules on state subsidies for business and arrangements for enforcing any deal.

"I think we probably are now in the final few days in terms of being able to decide whether there can be an agreement," Farming Minister George Eustice said on BBC television Sunday.

"If the ambiance warms up again and actually great progress is made and it's just sorting out the detail, then you can always find more time, you can always extend," he said.

However, he added that it was essential that the remaining divergences be resolved.

"But I think unless we can resolve these quite fundamental divergences ... we are going to have to take a position in the next few days."

Last week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that a deal would be preferable but London would thrive without a deal when it goes it alone after 48 years of membership.

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