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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the EU is “all set” for trade talks with the UK and seeks a unique and unprecedented deal.
“We will enter these negotiations with the highest ambition because good old friends like the UK and us shouldn’t settle for less,” she told MEPs.
But she said UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson would have to accept a “level playing field” on rules and standards.
Mr Johnson has insisted the UK has “no need” to follow EU trade rules.
When the UK left the EU at the end of January, little changed in its relationship with the bloc as a Withdrawal Agreement is in place until the end of 2020.
The UK prime minister