UK’s Gove says trade deal with EU is there to be done

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FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove gestures as he holds the Daily Covid-19 Digital News Conference with NHS Medical Director, Professor Stephen Powis (not pictured) to update on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain May 3, 2020. Pippa Fowles /10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) – British Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said on Sunday that there was a trade deal to be done with the European Union but it would require compromise from the bloc.

Both sides on Friday called for the other to give ground in negotiations on a post-Brexit relationship after saying that the latest round of talks had ended with little progress being made.

Gove said issues such as fisheries and the so-called “level playing field” rules to ensure fair competition remained sticking points.

“We’re making it clear to the EU we can’t do a deal on those terms,” he told Sky News. “But I am confident that there is a deal to be done. It just requires a degree of flexibility on the EU side which I’m sure that they will appreciate they need to show.”

Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by William Schomberg

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