UK's Gove says Britain 'well prepared' for a no-deal Brexit

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He accused European Union officials of not being serious about making compromises, and said they would have to back down if chief European Union negotiator Michel Barnier is to resume negotiations in London this week.

The door is still ajar for Britain and the European Union to strike a post-Brexit trade deal but the bloc needs to change its approach and show it is serious before talks can resume this week, senior British minister Michael Gove said.

Following Boris Johnson's comments stating the United Kingdom should prepare for a no-deal Brexit, MEP Phillipe Lamberts told Matt Frei "the Prime Minister's speech yesterday is consistent with the view I have held for some time that actually he doesn't want a deal".

In a round of broadcast interviews on Sunday, Gove said that the door was still "ajar" for talks, but he was less hopeful than he had been in recent weeks that a new trade deal will be reached.

A member of the EU Parliament has told LBC that following the Prime Minister's latest comments on Brexit, it seems as though he never wanted to agree on a deal.

However, at a briefing for journalists in Westminster, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said the negotiations were now "over".

A so-called "Australia deal" means that the United Kingdom would trade on World Trade Organization terms: as a country without an European Union trade agreement, like Australia, tariffs would be imposed under WTO rules, likely causing significant price rises.

"The trade talks are over. They've also insisted that both we accept a level of control over our autonomy that an independent country can't really accept".

"I've concluded that we should get ready for 1 January with arrangements that are more like Australia's, based on simple principles of free trade", he said. The CBI and other trade bodies urged the government to focus on bridging its differences with the EU.

But Mr Barnier's trip to the British capital was confirmed by European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, who said: "As planned, our negotiation team will go to London next week to intensify these negotiations".

"Neither side can afford to fall at the final fence".

So far, the prime minister has refused, but his officials believe Parliament will force his hand when members of the House of Lords - the UK's unelected upper chamber - remove the clauses that would breach worldwide law.

Business leaders are already anxious about the prospect of a no deal, warning it would have a "devastating impact" on jobs across the board.

"We are ready to negotiate, we are ready to continue the negotiations and I hope it will be possible to make progress in the future", he said.

The two sides have been at loggerheads for months over the issues of future fishing rights and state aid rules.



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