UK trade minister says 'real progress' made in Brexit talks

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State of International Trade and Minister for Women and Equalities Liz Truss is seen outside Downing Street, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union have made real progress in Brexit trade talks and a deal is possible but if the bloc does not come to an agreement then Britain will leave without a deal, Trade Secretary Liz Truss said on Friday.

“We’re in intense negotiations with the EU - we’ve made real progress,” Truss said. “We want to get a good deal with the EU, a deal like they have with Canada, which we think is perfectly reasonable.”

“We’re making good progress on the negotiations,” Truss said. “But if the EU aren’t prepared to do a deal that allows the UK to retain its sovereignty, then we will go to Australia style terms, and I think that’s perfectly reasonable.”

Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Guy Faulconbridge