BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union still need to bridge “quite substantial” gaps in their trade talks, an EU diplomat said on Thursday, expressing scepticism that a new partnership agreement could come together imminently.
“We are not hours away from a deal, what we still need to agree is quite substantial,” said the person, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The diplomat said there was still a major gap on fisheries and the EU could not agree with the UK’s position on state aid, as well as other guarantees of fair competition.
Politically speaking, fisheries is a very important factor because of the way it plays into domestic politics in France,” said the person.
The diplomat refused to put a new deadline on the EU-UK talks after many have already been breached.
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