Ireland's EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan has said there is real ambition on the EU side to reach a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK, but he claimed that the same ambition is not there on the UK side.

Speaking on RTÉ's Brendan O'Connor programme with Damien O'Reilly, Mr Hogan said for the last few months the EU has been trying to extrapolate movement on various issues from the UK to reach an agreement, but very little has happened.

He said he still believes there will be a deal, and that if the UK wants one, there is one to be done.

The commissioner said there is frustration on the EU side about the fact that the good faith required on both sides is not happening.

"I still believe there will be a deal. The ambition of that deal on the European Union side is real. I don't see the same ambition at the moment on the UK's side so, the ball is in the UK's court, if they want a deal, there is a deal to be done," he said.

Mr Hogan said the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will go to London next week expecting to see movement from the UK as to how to overcome the barriers in talks, namely on the level playing field, fisheries and the EU Court of Justice.

He said all outstanding issues need to be resolved and if we do not resolve them then we will not have a deal.

Mr Hogan added that we need to see movement on the UK side before it is too late.

Asked if there was a lack of respect or progress coming from the top levels in Downing Street towards the talks, Mr Hogan said some people in Downing Street will be happy with a no-deal Brexit, but he does not believe Prime Minister Boris Johnson is one of them.

He said Mr Johnson has put down three red lines - one on the Court of Justice, one on full convergence on rules of engagement on trade, and on fisheries.

Mr Hogan said the EU is operating with the UK negotiating team in good faith.


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