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France Gives UK 'Few More Days' to Discuss Brexit Agreement as Johnson Says Gov't Ready for No-Deal

Sputnik News

Sofia Chegodaeva. Sputnik International
17:34 GMT 21.12.2020(updated 18:21 GMT 21.12.2020)

Earlier in the day, the Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, rejected the idea of calling for an extension to the Brexit transition period because of the coronavirus crisis and urged the Prime Minister to prove he can "get Brexit done" with his promised "oven-ready deal".

France will give the UK "a few more days to reach an agreement that respects our priorities and red lines", French junior EU affairs minister Clément Beaune was quoted by Reuters as saying.

The minister also said that major obstacles remain in negotiating fishing rules, with Britain's proposals viewed as unacceptable by France.

This comes as earlier on Monday, the UK Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, rejected the idea of calling for an extension to the Brexit transition period. He also urged Prime Minister Johnson to prove that he can keep his promise and "get Brexit done".

On Sunday, major UK media reported, citing government sources, that no deal was still the most likely scenario in the UK-EU talks. Brussels has been reluctant to change its mind on maintaining rights to most of the catch from UK fishing waters.

The UK-EU talks on post-Brexit trade have been stalled for months amid different views each of the sides has on the question of fishing quotas, the so-called "level-playing field" and governance. If no deal is reached before the end of the year, the WTO rules will take immediate effect as of 1 January, including customs tariffs and full border checks for UK goods crossing the English Channel.

© Sputnik



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