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Make up your mind! Boris Johnson orders Brussels to hurry up with Brexit deal decision

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The Prime Minister reportedly does not want talks to continue past September because it will leave businesses with little time to get ready for the end of the transition period in December. This comes as Downing Street confirmed that the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator will take on his new position as Mr Johnson’s national security adviser at the end of August.

Although his role as negotiator will not be replace, Mr Frost has said that Brexit talks will remain his top priority “until those negotiations have concluded”.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister indicated that the position could overlap but said this would be a short period of time.

They said: “Talks can’t go into the autumn.”

The spokesperson also highlighted how Mr Johnson does not want to be continuing with talks in October.

As the deadline for extending the transition period ended on Monday, the move by Mr Johnson creates a tight deadline.

The UK is set to fully leave the EU by January 1.

However, this could be with or without a trade deal.

A no trade deal scenario would mean both sides would levy tariffs on each other’s goods.

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He said: “These meetings will be smaller and focused on seeing whether we can begin to make genuine and rapid progress towards an agreement.

“We will go to Brussel’s in good faith to engage with the EU’s concerns.

“This needs to be a real negotiation and some of the EU’s unrealistic positions will have to change if we are to move forward.

“We have noted carefully what the EU has said in recent days on this subject and look forward to discussing it.”

Mr Frost said he does not seek to undermine the integrity of the EU’s single market.

He wrote on Twitter: “I want to be clear that the Government will not agree to ideas like the one currently giving the EU a new right to retaliate with tariffs if we chose to make laws suiting our interests.

“We could not leave ourselves open to such unforeseeable economic risk.”

Weekly talks are now set to take place throughout July as the intensified process begins.

The venues will alternate between Brussels and London.

Next week the UK will be welcoming EU officials for talks in London.



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