UK says door remains ‘ajar’ for post-Brexit trade deal Oct 19, 2020 0 322 12345 AFPLondonThe British government said on Sunday it still wanted to reach a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, despite deadlocked talks.The UK had imposed a deadline of last week’s EU summit for a deal and Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was now ready to walk away and prepare for a no-deal exit, after five decades of EU membership.However, senior minister Michael Gove said on Sunday he was still hopeful there would be an agreement, telling TV interviews the door remained “ajar” if the EU would change its position.The two sides disagree on the rules for fair competition, how these rules will be policed and how much access EU fishing fleets will get to UK waters.Britain wants to reassert sovereignty over its waters and have no EU legal oversight over the deal -- insisting it wants a simple trade deal of the kind the EU signed with Canada.But the EU says Britain’s situation is completely different to that of Canada.“I want a deal, I’m keen to conclude one but it takes both sides to compromise in order for there to be one. The EU is not doing so at the moment,” Gove told Sky News, adding that the EU did not seem serious in their desire to reach a deal.Chief European negotiator Michel Barnier and his British counterpart David Frost are due to discuss the structure of talks on Monday, according to the European Commission.“The ball is in his court,” Gove said of Barnier. Failure to strike a deal would see Britain and Europe revert to World Trade Organization terms, with higher tariffs and quotas, potentially devastating for economies already weakened by the pandemic. RELATED ARTICLES ‘Polls are not predictions but snapshots in time’ Oct 19, 2020 0 1725 Europe past 250,000 virus deaths, 44% surge in cases this week Oct 19, 2020 0 612 Shocked France rallies in solidarity after beheading of teacher Oct 19, 2020 0 625 Trump, Biden hit the trail in a charged election week AFP Washington President Donald Trump and rival Joe Biden hit the ground Sunday in the swing states that will decide the US election, as the campaign turns increasingly vicious 16 days before voting. Trump, scrambling to .. New Zealand’s victorious Ardern vows to deliver reform AFP Wellington New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed on Sunday to “crack on” with delivering her vision following a landslide election victory, after a string of disasters frustrated reform in her first term. ..