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SEE EU LATER Britain ‘close to abandoning Brexit trade deal’ with Boris deadline just days away

SEE EU LATER Britain ‘close to abandoning Brexit trade deal’ with Boris deadline just days away
MINISTERS believe Britain and the EU will fail to sign a post-Brexit trade deal with just days left before Boris Johnson's July deadline.
The government is now reportedly working on the assumption of a No Deal Brexit, although it remains possible a "basic" agreement could be reached if the EU agrees to give ground in the autumn.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly warned that Britain will walk away if an agreement cannot be reached
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The Prime Minister has repeatedly warned that Britain will walk away if an agreement cannot be reachedCredit: Crown Copyright

The government expects Britain will trade with Europe on World Trade Organisation terms when the transition period ends on December 31, the Daily Telegraph reported.
This will mean tariffs would be applied to most goods which UK businesses send to the EU and full border checks for goods, which could lead to long queues at ports.
The latest round of talks between David Frost, the UK's chief negotiator, and the EU's Michel Barnier is set to conclude tomorrow, with no expectation of a breakthrough on either side.
Britain wants Brussels to drop demands for EU members to maintain current fishing rights in UK waters.
It is also strongly opposed to so-called level playing field rules that will keep the country tied to EU rules.
No more face-to-face talks are planned for this month, meaning the PM's July deadline will have passed.
A senior source told the Telegraph: "The Government has been making it clear for a while that it is prepared for a no deal.
"Britain isn't going to budge on fundamentals like fishing rights, so it's all in the hands of the EU."
The last round of talks is scheduled to take place in August but Downing Street refused to say if that would be the final chance to strike a deal.

British negotiator David Frost with his European counterpart Michel Barnier
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British negotiator David Frost with his European counterpart Michel Barnier Credit: Crown Copyright

It comes as Mr Johnson yesterday rebuffed calls for an investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the EU referendum.
The intelligence and security committee said the government made no effort to investigate Russian interference in the EU referendum and recommended the intelligence agencies carry out a thorough investigation.
The report found the government did not properly consider whether Moscow could interfere in the Brexit referendum until after the event.Hitting back, the PM's official spokesperson said: "We have seen no evidence of successful interference in the EU referendum.
"Our intelligence and security agencies produce regular assessments of the threat posed by hostile state activities, including any potential interference in past or current UK democratic processes."

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