EU LEADERS CALL FOR UK TRADE TALKS TO CONTINUE

EU leaders have called for post-Brexit trade talks to continue beyond the end of the week - the deadline suggested by Boris Johnson.

At a two-day summit in Brussels beginning on Thursday, they said progress in key areas was "not sufficient" to reach a deal.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said fresh "intensive" talks should aim to reach a deal around the end of October.

But his UK counterpart said he was "disappointed" by the EU's approach.

In a tweet, David Frost said he was "surprised" the EU "is no longer committed to working 'intensively' to reach a future partnership".

He said the EU was expecting "all future moves" toward a deal to come from the UK, which he called an "unusual approach to conducting a negotiation".

He added the prime minister would set out his "approach" to the future of the talks on Friday.
 
 
 
Source: BBC