Boris Johnson to hold crunch EU-UK trade meeting



Laura Kuenssberg | BBC

Both sides have said no major progress has been made towards a deal after four rounds of talks this year.

The PM is due to say the talks need to be “swiftly concluded” by autumn to provide certainty, ahead of the end of the transition period in December.

It comes after the EU accepted that the UK will not seek to extend this period.

During Monday’s high-level meeting via video conference call, Mr Johnson is expected to reiterate that the UK’s ambition is for a high quality free trade agreement consistent with others the EU have agreed.

He is also expected to make clear that the UK is ready to start trading on World Trade Organisation rules from 1 January if a deal cannot be reached.

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