İrem UZUN -TDO- UK-EU talks to reach a post-Brexit trade deal are "unlikely" to continue after Sunday, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said. His comments come after a meeting between Boris Johnson and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen aimed at breaking the Brexit trade deadlock.
"It was a good conversation, but it is difficult," von der Leyen said of her meeting with Johnson. "We are willing to grant access to the single market to our British friends - it's the largest single market in the world - but the conditions have to be fair. They have to be fair for our workers and for our companies and this fine balance of fairness has not been achieved so far,” she said.
“The European Union needs to move on both fisheries and level playing field by Sunday for there to be progress in trade talks,” Raab said on Thursday, adding that the EU had hardened its position on the latter.“I think the EU will need to move significantly on both those key points because they’re points of principle,” Raab told BBC Radio.
Raab said the UK is "not going to give up on the basic points of democratic principle" in negotiating a Brexit deal. He would do whatever it takes to help secure a deal, even if it meant interrupting his Christmas celebrations, he added.