UK's Johnson says 'a good deal' still possible with EU
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday said a post-Brexit trade deal was still possible, as he prepared to head to Brussels to meet European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen.
"A good deal is still there to be done. I look forward to discussing it with Commissioner von der Leyen tonight," he told parliament.
The so-called level playing field has been a key stumbling block in the talks, as has the extent of EU access to British fishing waters.
"These are not terms that any prime minister of this country should accept," he told lawmakers in his weekly question and answer session.
The end of a transition period, designed to allow both sides to thrash out the terms of their new relationship, is approaching on December 31, making agreement on a deal more urgent.
By retaking control of UK money, borders and laws, "we will seize all of the opportunities that Brexit brings", he said.
But Johnson is under strong pressure from businesses, which want greater clarity on the new rules that will apply from January 1.