UK PM Johnson's spokesman: We need to see more realism from the EU in trade talks

LONDON, Sept 4- Britain said the European Union needed to be more realistic in its approach to post-Brexit trade discussions, declining to comment on a report that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office sees the chances of a deal at 30% to 40%. Asked about the report in the Times newspaper, Johnson’s spokesman said: “I’m not going to get drawn into percentages.

LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Britain said the European Union

needed to be more realistic in its approach to post-Brexit trade

discussions, declining to comment on a report that Prime

Minister Boris Johnson’s office sees the chances of a deal at

30% to 40%.

Asked about the report in the Times newspaper, Johnson’sspokesman said: “I’m not going to get drawn into percentages.

“Our goal remains to reach an agreement, and we’ll continueto work hard to do that, but we’ve been clear there is lots ofwork still to be done. We need more realism from the EU, andthem to show they understand the fundamentals of our position asan independent country.”(Reporting by William James. Editing by Andrew MacAskill)

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