EU-UK trade talks are over, says Downing Street

Talks between the UK and EU over a post-Brexit trade agreement are "over", the BBC reports Downing Street as saying.

No 10 argued there is "no point" in discussions continuing next week unless the EU was prepared to discuss the detailed legal text of a partnership. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen earlier indicated that the Brussels negotiating team would go to London on Monday to "intensify" discussions, however UK chief negotiator Lord Frost said he had told EU counterpart Michel Barnier there was now no "basis" for the planned talks to go ahead.

The UK and EU had been hoping for a "zero-tariff" agreement to govern their trading relationship once the UK's post-Brexit transition period ends on December 31st.

If no deal is reached, they will operate on World Trade Organization rules, meaning tariffs are imposed.

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