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UK wants EU assurance that trade approach has changed, says PM's spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain wants a “clear assurance” from the European Union that it has fundamentally changed its approach to trade talks for them to resume, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday, saying it had to be a genuine negotiation.

“What the UK’s chief negotiator needs to see is a clear assurance from the EU that it has made a fundamental change in approach to the talks and that this is going to be a genuine negotiation rather than one side being expected to make all of the moves,” the spokesman told reporters.

He added that the UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost, would have to be satisfied from officials in Brussels that this was the case to be able to advise Johnson to resume the talks.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Michael Holden