Negotiators are racing to save a trade deal between the U.K. and European Union in light of a major dispute just hours before they were expecting to announce an accord. On Friday, the country’s European affairs minister, Clement Beaune, reiterated his government will veto any deal if it isn’t in its national interest. […] One EU official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a breakthrough isn’t imminent and that fundamental differences between the two sides still need to be bridged. […] German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has taken a softer line than her French opposite number, meanwhile called for both the U.K. and EU to make concessions. For the chancellor, and that hasn’t changed in recent weeks, the willingness to compromise is needed on both sides,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.
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