Brexit news: EU getting ‘impatient’ over negotiations says Merkel, as talks enter crunch week

Chris Baynes,Adam Forrest and Samuel Osborne
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 (Reuters)
(Reuters)

Boris Johnson’s government and EU officials have resumed crucial talks in London aimed at forging a post-Brexit trade deal, in what has been billed as the last “major” opportunity to avoid a no-deal crash-out at the end of December.

EU negotiator Michel Barnier is said to be offering to give the UK back 15 to 18 per cent of the quota European fleets currently take from British waters.

However, No 10 is thought to want 80 per cent returned to the UK – and reportedly views Brussels’ position as “wholly unacceptable”.

It comes as Germany’s chancellor chancellor Angela Merkel said time was now running very short to reach a deal, and some EU member states are growing impatient.

“A deal is in everyone’s interest,” she added.