Leaders to push Brexit trade talks beyond latest deadline

London and Brussels agreed on Sunday (13 December) to more talks on an elusive trade agreement, even though they still have a long way to go to avert a turbulent ‘no deal’ exit for Britain from the European Union’s orbit at the end of the month.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the president of the EU’s executive Commission, Ursula von der Leyen gave negotiators a Sunday deadline to find a way to resolve an impasse on arrangements that would guarantee Britain zero-tariff and zero-quota access to the EU’s single market.

Both said on Friday that a ‘no-deal’ was now the most likely outcome, but on Sunday they pledged to go “the extra mile”, mandating negotiators to continue.

“Despite the exhaustion after almost a year of negotiations, despite the fact that deadlines have been missed over and over we think it is responsible at this point to go the extra mile,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a joint statement.

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