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EU leaders are gearing up for the European Council summit in two days, the same date Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made clear the UK will walk away from talks if there is still no agreement after tomorrow’s last round of talks. The EU has refused to back down over future fishing arrangements, which has meant talks have failed to progress quickly between the bloc’s negotiator Michel Barnier and his UK counterpart David Frost. French European affairs minister Clement Beaune warned fishing must be part of any Brexit deal.
He said the country would not accept a Brexit deal at any price, but wants a deal to be reached in the coming days, meaning the EU may compromise on an outline agreement in a bid to protect its access to UK waters.
Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said the UK was “committed to working hard this week to seek to bridge the gaps that remain, in particular on fisheries and the level playing field”.
He said: “David Frost and the UK negotiating team are in Brussels today for further talks as part of the intensified process that was agreed by the PM and (European Commission president) Ursula von der Leyen.
“These talks will continue until Wednesday. Then the European Council takes place at the end of this week.
“We will work as hard as we can to see if we can get an agreement by October 15.
“The EU themselves indicated to the UK negotiating team in July that mid-October was the last possible date for a deal.”
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