Last chance! Boris EXTENDS talks as EU given final warning – Australia deal imminent

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The Prime Minister announced the move in a televised statement. Mr Johnson hit out at Brussels for refusing to hand Britain a Canada-style deal.

The Prime Minister’s update comes after he previously insisted the UK would walk away from the negotiating table if there was no deal by the European Council meeting on October 15.

In a text adopted by the summit of EU leaders on Thursday, Brussels signalled it was willing to continue trade talks but demanded the UK “make the necessary moves to make an agreement possible”.

UK chief negotiator Lord Frost blasted the response in a statement yesterday.

He tweeted: “Disappointed by the European Council conclusions on UK/EU negotiations.

“I’m surprised the EU is no longer committed to working ‘intensively’ to reach a future partnership as agreed with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen on October 3.

“Also surprised by the suggestion that to get an agreement all future moves must come from the UK.

“It’s an unusual approach to conducting a negotiation.

“Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out UK reactions and approach tomorrow in the light of his statement of September 7.”

European Council President Charles Michel said the EU would make its own decision on continuing post-Brexit talks following the UK’s next move.

Mr Michel said: “It is important to take into consideration all our conclusions and I think the message we send, it is a very clear one – we are determined to negotiate, we are determined to reach an agreement, but we know that there are some difficult topics.

“It is the case for fisheries, certainly, and also for level playing field and also governance.

“We intend to continue the negotiations on the basis of the mandate we have agreed and we repeat that we trust (EU chief negotiator) Michel Barnier, trust his way of working and the transparency between us.

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“We are united and we will make an assessment in the next days, we will see if it is possible to complete a negotiation, what will be the country’s (the UK’s) proposal and based on that we will make an assessment.”

The UK left the EU on January 31 and is in a transition period until the end of the year.

Fishing remains a major sticking points in trade talks led by Lord Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier.

French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday refused to back down on the issue.

He said: “Under any circumstance, our fishermen should not be sacrificed for Brexit,” he said.

“If these conditions are not met, it’s possible we won’t have a deal.

“If the right terms can’t be found at the end of these discussions, we’re ready for a no-deal for our future relations.”

Meanwhile, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte suggested Britain would not be prepared to abandon negotiations without an agreement in place.

He said: “Britain has already imposed so many deadlines that came and went.”

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