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News ID: 48520
Publish Date: 8:50 - 08 October 2020
Wednesday, 07 October 2020 _As the deadline for the conclusion of post-Brexit trade talks fast approaches, the UK and the European Union (EU) appear to be edging further apart.

EU leader issues informal ultimatum to UK over Brexit trade talksIn the latest development, European Council President, Charles Michel, has issued what amounts to an informal ultimatum by warning the UK it is time to “put its card on the table” over a trade deal.

Michel tweeted the comment after a telephone call with Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on Wednesday (October 07).

— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) October 7, 2020 ">http://

Just talked to @BorisJohnson

The EU prefers a deal, but not at any cost.

Time for the UK to put its cards on the table. #EUCO #15-16October

— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) October 7, 2020

A Downing Street spokesperson said the PM had “reiterated that any deal must reflect what the British people voted for [in the 2016 Brexit referendum]”.

The spokesperson added that the PM had made clear during the call that British “businesses and citizens needed certainty very soon on the terms of our future relationship”.

Johnson has previously said that the UK would abandon negotiations on a trade deal if an agreement isn’t reached by October 15.

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