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    Life After Brexit: What's Next After UK Leaves EU (72)

    Earlier this week, reports emerged that both the UK and the EU admit that a no-deal scenario was becoming more and more likely following months of fruitless negotiations between London and Brussels over their post-Brexit trade relations.

    The Irish Republic's Prime Minister Micheal Martin believes there is a chance that the UK and EU might reach an agreement about the so-called level playing field.

    "The level playing field area is one that has bedevilled talks from the outset. In my view, with some degree of creativity, a resolution can be found in that area," Martin said in an interview with the BBC.

    He also expressed hope that the talks would continue after Sunday, adding that a failure to reach a deal would be an "appalling failure of statecraft" on both sides. 

    Follow Sputnik's live feed to get the latest updates on the Brexit talks. 

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    • 14:17

      Prime Minister Johnson Says UK 'Won't Be Walking Away' From EU Trade Deal Talks

      UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that his country "won't be walking away" from the ongoing trade deal talks with the European Union after both sides agreed to extend negotiations on Sunday.

      Johnson held a phone call with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen earlier in the day ahead of a self-imposed deadline for both sides to reach an agreement on whether a trade deal could be finalized before the end of the year. In a statement released on Sunday afternoon, von der Leyen confirmed that both sides had agreed to extend negotiations.

      "The UK certainly won't be walking away from the talks. I think people will expect us to go the extra mile," Johnson said in an interview that was aired by the state-run BBC broadcaster.

      Despite an agreement being found to extend the talks, the European Union and the United Kingdom continue to disagree on several areas, the prime minister added.

      "As things stand, and this was basically what Ursula and I agreed, I'm afraid we're still very far apart on some key things, but where there's life, there's hope," Johnson remarked.

      The 11-month Brexit transition period, which came into effect after the United Kingdom left the European Union on January 31, is set to expire at the end of the year.

      London and Brussels have looked to conclude a free trade deal before the transition period expires, although both sides have disagreed over governance, fishing rights, and the set of rules and procedures designed to prevent businesses undercutting their rivals in another country.

    • 14:16

      Will EU Fishing Boats Be Allowed Into UK Waters?

      French fishing boats (File)

      UK Threatens 'Zero Access' to British Waters for EU Fishing Boats If Trade Deal Falls Through

      While several British Royal Navy gunboats reportedly are in readiness to start denying EU trawlers access to UK waters, Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez says she thinks the move is "all playing to the gallery".
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    • 13:12

      We are Prepared For No-Deal Brexit, UK PM Says

       Steve Bray and others anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain December 9, 2020

      UK PM Johnson Says There is 'Clarity & Simplicity' With No-Deal Brexit and 'We Are Prepared'

      Brexit negotiations have continued through Sunday as the United Kingdom and the European Union are making a last-minute attempt to secure an agreement after the end of the transition period on 31 December.
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    • 12:55

      Boris Johnson Reportedly 'Sounded Downbeat' About Prospects of Brexit Deal During Cabinet Call

    • 12:23

      Downing Street Reportedly Intensifies Preparations For No-Deal Scenario

      In this file picture taken on March 25, 2017 an EU flag and a Union flag held by a demonstrator is seen with Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) and the Houses of Parliament as marchers taking part in an anti-Brexit, pro-European Union (EU) enter Parliament Square in central London, ahead of the British government's planned triggering of Article 50 next week.

      Gunboats On Standby, Boosted Customs Staff, 24/7 Border Centre: UK ‘No Deal’ Brexit Plans Unveiled

      As Downing Street sources suggest that UK-EU trade talks have an 80 percent chance of failing to produce a breakthrough ahead of the looming transition deadline, preparations for Britain crashing out of the bloc have so far seen Royal Navy vessels deployed to ward off 'threats of illegal fishing' in UK waters.
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    • 12:10

      It Was Agreed by Cabinet to Continue With the Talks, UK Source Says, as Quoted by Reuters

    • 11:59

      Merkel Says 'Every Opportunity to Reach Brexit Deal' Welcome

    • 11:53

      'We Must Do All We Can to Find a Good Deal', EU Council President Says

      "We must do all we can for a deal to be made possible. We must support a good deal," European Council President Charles Michel told France Inter Radio on Sunday.

    • 11:49

      'Go Extra Mile': EU, UK Will Continue Brexit Talks, Von der Leyen Says After Call With Johnson

    • 11:42

      Von der Leyen to Make Statement at 12:45 CET, Report Says

    • 11:41

      UK's Raab Not Ruling Out Brexit Talks Could Continue Beyond Transition Period Deadline

      The United Kingdom might be open to continuing post-Brexit talks beyond December 31 if given reassurances from the European Union on the items where their positions diverge, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday.

      Both sides have signaled that this Sunday is the day after which, if a deal is not reached, negotiations might get abandoned.

      "We need to be very clear, there is two fundamental issues at stake — the issue of fisheries, the issue of the so-called level playing field. We want to be treated like any other independent self-respecting democracy. If the EU is willing to accept that at the political level, there is every reason to be confident," Raab told Sky News.

      However, he added that there was "still a long way to go" and that London expected Brussels to "move substantially" on these two items.

      When asked directly if the talks might go beyond the deadline, Raab replied "Well I can't close that door, but I think there is a way that the EU has got to go to give us the reassurance on those two points."

      Citing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Raab said the sides would not want to "leave any stone unturned" after reaching a consensus on the overwhelming majority of outstanding issues.

      Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen are expected to hold talks later in the day and announce whether the negotiation would continue.

    • 10:59

      Johnson, von der Leyen to Hold Phone Call on UK-EU Talks Later on Sunday, EU Commission Says

      UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will hold another phone call at around noon Brussels time (11:00 GMT), the European Commission chief spokesman, Eric Mamer, said on Sunday as the self-imposed deadline for the London-Brussels post-Brexit talks is looming.

    • 10:39

      Statement After Johnson-Von der Leyen Call Expected After 11:30 GMT, EU Commission Spokesman Says

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