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Boris Johnson to set out negotiating approach as his post-Brexit trade talks deadline expires

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out his approach to future talks with the EU. Picture by Brian Lawless/PA Wire

BORIS Johnson will today set out his approach to future talks with the EU as the British prime minister's deadline for striking a deal expires.

EU leaders yesterday called for post-Brexit trade talks to continue beyond the end of the week – the deadline suggested by Mr Johnson.

On the first day of a two-day summit in Brussels, the EU leaders said progress in key areas was "not sufficient" to reach a deal.

Mr Johnson had previously said he would walk away from the negotiating table if there was no agreement on a trade deal by the start of the leaders' gathering in Brussels.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said fresh "intensive" talks should aim to reach a deal around the end of October.

But his British counterpart voiced "disappointed" at the EU approach.

David Frost tweeted: "(I'm) surprised the EU is no longer committed to working 'intensively' to reach a future partnership as agreed with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen on 3 October.

"Also surprised by the suggestion that to get an agreement all future moves must come from UK.

"It's an unusual approach to conducting a negotiation.

"Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out UK reactions and approach tomorrow in the light of his statement of September 7."

Emmanuel Macron had earlier warned Mr Johnson he will not allow French fishermen to be "sacrificed" for the sake of a post-Brexit trade deal between Britain and the EU.

The French president warned he was prepared to see talks with the UK collapse if the "right terms" cannot be agreed.

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