UK says Brexit talks 'are at a difficult point'

  • UK says Brexit talks with the EU have reached a "difficult" moment 
  • "Time is in very short supply. We are at a difficult point in the talks," Prime Minister Boris Johnson's official spokesperson said
  • Downing Street insisted anew that its red lines will apply once Britain leaves a post-Brexit transition period on December 31


Britain's government on Friday said Brexit talks with the European Union had reached a "difficult" moment and rejected any deal that impedes on UK sovereignty.

"Time is in very short supply. We are at a difficult point in the talks," Prime Minister Boris Johnson's official spokesperson told reporters.

"What is certain is that we will not be able to agree a deal that does not respect our fundamental principles on sovereignty and taking back control."

Downing Street insisted anew that its red lines will apply once Britain leaves a post-Brexit transition period on December 31: controlling UK borders, regulating its own state subsidies, and managing its fishing waters.

It said the government would also press ahead next week with two items of legislation that intentionally breach the UK's EU divorce treaty, by depriving Brussels of any say over future trade between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland.

Clauses in the internal market and forthcoming taxation bill "represent a legal safety net to protect the integrity of the UK single market and the huge gains of the (Northern Ireland) peace process", Johnson's spokesman said.

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