Two weeks of intensive Brexit trade talks have stalled over key issues including fisheries, EU and UK negotiators said on Wednesday, as divergences between both sides remain “wide” and “serious.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had set October 15 as the deadline to reach a deal with the EU, but the two sides failed to come to an agreement in time and the talks were extended.

However, the negotiators are under increasing time pressure to avert a no-deal scenario come year-end. Britain left the EU on January 31 and is negotiating with the 27-nation bloc to reach a trade deal before the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31.

Michel Barnier said on Wednesday that there was still no agreement between the two parties over the so-called “level playing field” issue of trade rules and standards, along with dispute resolution and fisheries. The EU’s Brexit negotiator said consensus on these areas remains “essential conditions for any economic partnership.”

Updating @Europarl_EN & Member States on 🇪🇺🇬🇧negotiations today.Despite EU efforts to find solutions, very serious divergences remain in Level Playing Field, Governance & Fisheries. These are essential conditions for any economic partnership.🇪🇺 is prepared for all scenarios.

Meanwhile, the UK’s chief negotiator David Frost said that progress had been made to date in the talks with Barnier, but he agreed with his EU counterpart that “wide divergences remain on some core issues.”

We’ve just finished two weeks of intensive talks with the EU. Progress made, but I agree with @MichelBarnier that wide divergences remain on some core issues. We continue to work to find solutions that fully respect UK sovereignty.

Talks between the UK and the EU are set to resume next week, according to reports.

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