Brexit: PM Confident UK ‘Will Prosper’ Without EU Trade Deal



Katya Adler | BBC

Boris Johnson has reiterated he is “confident [the UK] will prosper” outside the EU if a post-Brexit trade deal is not agreed with the bloc.

Talks began again in Brussels on Monday, with the UK’s chief negotiator saying there had been “progress in a positive direction” on a deal.

But Lord David Frost said “significant elements” are yet to be agreed.

His EU counterpart, Michel Barnier, said he wanted “future cooperation to be open but fair” with the UK.

Tweeting as talks started, he added: “We remain determined, patient, respectful.”

Sticking points between the two sides focus on competition rules and state aid for businesses, as well as fishing rights.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said there was still a “very, very wide gap” on fishing, with no progress on the issue since the summer.

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