United Kingdom could rewrite lawbreaking Brexit bill as part of European Union deal

039;Ball is in EU's court' as chance of Brexit deal recedes Gove

Asked if the door is still open to talks, he said: "It is ajar; we hope the European Union will change their position, we're certainly not saying that if they do change their position we can't talk to them".

The bloc had not been willing to produce key detailed legal texts or been willing to intensify talks, meaning some of the progress had been squandered, Gove told the BBC's Andrew Marr on Sunday.

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, was due in London for talks on Monday with the UK's chief Brexit negotiator David Frost, but the United Kingdom said this would be pointless without a significant change in direction from Brussels.

"What we have seen is the European Union side have not been willing to produce the detailed legal text, they have not be willing to intensify the talks in a way that they are actually serious about reaching an agreement".

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said he thought Johnson had signalled that London was ready to compromise.

The Prime Minister on Friday accused European leaders of having "abandoned the idea of a free trade deal" and told the country to "get ready" for a no-deal outcome in the negotiations after his October 15 deadline for reaching an agreement passed.

"At the same time they have insisted we accept a level of control over our autonomy that an independent country can't really accept and that they should have exactly the same access to our fishing waters".

There is "no point" in Michel Barnier travelling to London on Monday for planned Brexit talks, Downing Street has said, after Boris Johnson said negotiations were over - unless Brussels adopted a "fundamental change of approach".

"Given that they have refused to negotiate seriously for much of the last few months, and given that this summit appears explicitly to rule out a Canada-style deal, I have concluded that we should get ready for January 1 with arrangements that are more like Australia's based on simple principles of global free trade". The CBI and other trade bodies urged the government to focus on bridging its differences with the EU.

"And so that seems to me to be the behaviour of an organisation and an institution that is not serious about making the compromises necessary to secure a deal", Mr Gove said. Charles Michel, European Council president, also said: "What we said yesterday remains right today".

"We are determined to reach a deal but not at any cost".

Talks between the European Union and Britain have been stalled for weeks due to disagreements on key issues, such as the EU's access to British fishing areas, equality in the marketplace and governance.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday there were no divisions in the bloc.

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