Michael Gove leaves door 'ajar' for post-Brexit trade talks with EU

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it was now time to prepare for a no-trade deal Brexit unless the European Union fundamentally changed course, bluntly telling Brussels that there was no point in continuing the negotiations.

British sources said the French president was prioritising concerns about his political future over agreeing a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom, as he came under pressure from Marine Le Pen, the far-Right leader. "The EU have effectively ended them by saying that they do not want to change their negotiating position", the spokesman said.

In a round of broadcast interviews on Sunday, Gove said that the door was still "ajar" for talks, but he was less hopeful than he had been in recent weeks that a new trade deal will be reached.

Senior Brexiteers praised the move, with John Redwood, the former trade secretary, claiming: "The UK will prosper more with no deal than with a bad deal".

Gove said the door "is ajar" for EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier to come to London next week to continue negotiations before the transition period expires at the end of the year.

"The trade talks are over".

The center-left SPD politician spoke after Johnson accused the European Union of failing to negotiate seriously and warned his country to prepare to trade with the bloc based on World Trade Organization rules from January when the Brexit transition period ends.

"From the outset, we were totally clear that we wanted nothing more complicated than a Canada-style relationship, based on friendship and free trade", he said.

European Council President Charles Michel is seen at a special EU Council summit in Brussels.

"They have also insisted both that we accept a level of control over our autonomy that an independent country can't really accept".

So far, the prime minister has refused, but his officials believe Parliament will force his hand when members of the House of Lords - the UK's unelected upper chamber - remove the clauses that would breach worldwide law.

"Neither side can afford to fall at the final fence".

"We are ready to negotiate, we are ready to continue the negotiations and I hope it will be possible to make progress in the future", he said.

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive Mike Hawes warned it would have a "devastating impact" on the automotive sector, hitting jobs "in every region of Britain".

Thursday saw the breakdown of talks between the pair, as the European Union maintained that Britain would need to give ground.

"The state of our talks is not that we are stumbling over the issue of fishing, which is the British's tactical argument, but we're stumbling over everything".

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday there were no divisions in the bloc.

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