July 23, 2020 / 12:35 PM / 16 days ago

EU talks equally close to breakdown or breakthrough - UK official

FILE PHOTO: European Union and British flags flutter in front of a chancellery ahead of a visit of British Prime Minister Theresa May in Berlin, Germany, April 9, 2019. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s negotiations with the European Union are equally close to a breakthrough or a breakdown, a senior UK official involved in the talks said on Thursday, adding it was now for the EU to adapt its position.

“We’re potentially equally close to both, to be honest - I think it’s hard to quantify,” the official said when asked if a breakdown or breakthrough was closer.

“I can quite see how we could either make a breakthrough relatively quickly if they do adjust their position in the most important areas, and if they don’t, we won’t. It really is in their hands to a large extent.”

Reporting by William James; editing by Stephen Addison

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