Businesses Plead For Brexit Deal As Trade Talks Remain Stuck

Lorries queue at Check-in at the port in Dover, Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. The U.K. left the EU on Jan. 31, but remains within the bloc's tariff-free single market and customs union until the end of the year. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says there is a "strong possibility" that talks on a post-Brexit trade agreement with the EU will end without agreement.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

(AP) — British trucking firms, supermarkets and other businesses are imploring the government to strike a last-minute trade deal with the European Union, as the two sides’ leaders tell their citizens to brace for New Year upheaval in the U.K.-EU trading relationship. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said there is a “strong possibility” that negotiations on a new economic relationship to take effect Jan. 1 will fail. Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have set a Sunday deadline to decide whether to keep talking or prepare for a no-deal break. Von der Leyen said Friday that “we have not yet found the solutions to bridge our differences.”

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