UK says prepared to leave EU without a trade deal

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is prepared to leave the European Union’s orbit without a trade deal with talks at a critical moment, British minister Penny Mordaunt told parliament on Monday.

Mordaunt said there had been some progress in negotiations but familiar differences remained, with the so-called level playing field issue “the most difficult”.

“While an agreement is preferable, we are prepared to leave on so-called Australian-style terms if we can’t find compromises,” she said.

(Reporting by William James and Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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