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Brexit trade talks put on ‘pause’ as negotiators in London and Brussels say ‘significant divergences’ remain

Brexit trade talks have been paused after negotiators in London and Brussels failed to reach an agreement, insisting that “significant divergencies” still remain.

Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, will discuss the “state of play” in a telephone call on Saturday.

In a joint statement the UK government’s negotiator Lord David Frost and his EU counterpart, Michel Barnier, said: “We agreed today that the conditions for an agreement are not met, due to significant divergencies on level playing field, governance and fisheries.

“We agreed to pause the talks in order to brief our principles on the state of play of the negotiations. President von der Leyen and prime minister Johnson will discuss the state of play tomorrow afternoon.”

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