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UK's Johnson to take decision on EU talks after Brussels summit: spokesperson

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street, in London, Britain October 14, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson will decide whether to proceed with negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal after the upcoming European Union summit, and his decision cannot be prejudged, a British spokesperson said on Wednesday.

“He (Johnson) will need to take a decision on next steps following the European Council in the light of his conversation with President von der Leyen, and on advice from his negotiating team,” the spokesperson said. “We cannot prejudge that decision.”

“There are still differences, with fisheries being the starkest. We need to get substance settled and not having a common text to work from has made progress doubly difficult.”

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, writing by William James; editing by Alistair Smout