Britain, EU tell each other to move on trade

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Britain and the EU said on Monday the door was still open for a deal on their post-Brexit relationship, calling on each other to compromise to find a way to protect billions of dollars of trade between the neighbors. With just over two months before Britain ends a status quo transition arrangement with the EU, talks on a trade deal are deadlocked, with neither wanting to move first to offer concessions. A no-deal finale to Britain’s five-year Brexit drama would disrupt the operations of manufacturers, retailers, farmers and nearly every other sector just as the economic hit from the coronavirus pandemic worsens. European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic repeated that the EU still wanted a trade deal but not “at any cost” after British PM Boris Johnson said there was no point in continuing talks.—AN

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