Dominic Raab: ‘Long way to go on Brexit trade talks’

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There is still a long way to go on Brexit talks, Britain’s foreign minister Dominic Raab said this morning (Sunday 13 December) as London and Brussels face a make-or-break decision on a trade agreement.

“We want to be treated like any other independent self-respecting democracy. If the EU can accept that at a political level, then there’s every reason to be confident but there is still, I think, a long way to go,” he told Sky News.

This comes after a British government source said on Saturday that the current offer from the EU “remains unacceptable.”

The source continued: “The prime minister will leave no stone unturned in this process, but he is absolutely clear: any agreement must be fair and respect the fundamental position that the UK will be a sovereign nation in three weeks’ time.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen both said on Friday that Britain was likely to complete its journey out of the EU in three weeks without a trade deal.

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