Britain to be constructive with EU in Brexit talks

London, however, remains unwilling to make further compromises

Britain will continue to engage constructively with the EU in talks on a future relationship, but is not willing to give up its rights as an independent state, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday - a day before the two sides resume talks. 

Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost will first host his EU counterpart Michel Barnier for dinner later today, but there has been little movement on the “significant differences” that divide them.

“Our position on our sovereignty, laws and fisheries is clear, we will not give up our rights as an independent state,” the spokesman told reporters.

“We will continue to engage constructively with the EU on these key issues and will work hard to reach the broad outline of an agreement, but as we have been clear all along we are not asking for a special, bespoke or unique deal,” he added.

Britain left the EU in January and is in a status-quo transition period until the end of the year, when some companies fear disruption if the two fail to secure a free trade deal.

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