00:44 GMT16 January 2021
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    MOSCOW, (Sputnik) - UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said on Thursday that there is a "strong possibility" that his country and the European Union will fail to conclude a free trade agreement before the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.

    During an interview at Downing Street that was screened by UK broadcasters, the prime minister said there was a "strong possibility" that both sides would fail to resolve their differences, and urged citizens and businesses to step up preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

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    FILE PHOTO: An employee of Eurotunnel and his dog check trucks on their way to Britain during a day of test in case of Brexit at the entrance of the Channel tunnel in Calais, France

    The prime minister said that the EU's proposals were "not, at the moment, right for the UK," citing concerns over the bloc's desire to establish a set of rules and procedures to prevent businesses in one country from undercutting their rivals in another country, also known as the level playing field.

    Johnson also cited the ongoing disagreements over fisheries as another major issue preventing a deal being reached.

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