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UK must prepare for no-deal Brexit unless EU conducts 'fundamental change of approach': Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was responding to EU leaders, who said at a Brussels summit that the UK needs to shift its positions to make an agreement possible

Reuters , Friday 16 Oct 2020
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London, Britain October 12, 2020 REUTERS
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the U.K. must prepare for a no-deal break with the European Union unless there is a ``fundamental'' change of position from the bloc.

Johnson says the EU is refusing to give Britain a trade deal like the one it has with Canada, which the U.K. is seeking.

Johnson was responding to EU leaders, who said at a Brussels summit that the U.K. needs to shift its positions to make an agreement possible.

The U.K. had threatened to walk away from the talks if a deal was not struck by the EU summit that ends Friday.

Johnson didn't go that far, but said the EU seemed to have ``abandoned'' the idea of a deal. He said Britain would listen if there was ``a fundamental change of approach'' from Brussels.

Britain officially left the EU on Jan. 31 but remains part of its economic structures until Dec. 31. After that it needs a new trade agreement or will face tariffs and other economic barriers with the EU, its biggest trading partner.

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