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The United Kingdom will work flat out for a Brexit trade deal and the two sides are in “tunnel” negotiations but if a deal with the European Union is not possible then the country will be prepared, Home Secretary Priti Patel said.

Dec 17, 2020

The United Kingdom will work flat out for a Brexit trade deal and the two sides are in “tunnel” negotiations but if a deal with the European Union is not possible then the country will be prepared, Home Secretary Priti Patel said.
“First of all, the prime minister and the government, we’ve all been very clear we are not walking away, we will continue to negotiate to get this free-trade agreement,” Ms Patel told LBC radio.
“We are in that tunnel of negotiation and our teams continue to work incredibly hard.”
The “tunnel” is a term used in talks for an intense final stage of secretive, make-or-break negotiations.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said yesterday that the two sides had moved closer to clinching a trade deal.
“I cannot tell you whether there will be a deal or not. But I can tell you that there is a path to an agreement now. The path may be very narrow but it is there,” Ms Von der Leyen told the European Parliament.
Britain formally left the EU on 31 January but has been in a transition period since then under which rules on trade, travel and business remain unchanged.
It finally exits the bloc’s single market and customs union on 31 December.
Failure to agree a deal would erect trade barriers between the EU and Britain.
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