Brexit in limbo: UK says there is no point talking until EU gets serious

Reuters , Tuesday 20 Oct 2020

Britain wants the European Union to treat it as an "equal" party to the talks

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government sees no point in talking with the European Union on a Brexit trade deal until the bloc starts to treat Britain as a sovereign state, a junior business minister said on Tuesday.

"We are trying to get a deal," Nadhim Zahawi told Sky, adding as long as the EU "negotiate with us as a sovereign."

"Until you make it very clear that you are willing to negotiate with us as an equal, as a sovereign, then there's no point simply just paying lip service saying you know 'we'll intensify' negotiations," he said. 

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