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Mid-October still goal for EU trade deal, says UK PM's spokesman

FILE PHOTO: British Union Jack and EU flags are pictured before the meeting with Britain's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, September 20, 2019. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain still believes that there must be “resolution” in trade talks with the European Union by the middle of October, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Friday, underlining that businesses needed time to prepare.

“We want a resolution as quickly as possible which is why the PM is talking to Ursula von der Leyen tomorrow to discuss next steps,” he told reporters.

“Our ambition remains the same, but we are also clear that we need to give businesses the time they need to prepare for the end of the transition period which is why we see the middle of October as an important time to reach an agreement by.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by William Schomberg