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LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union set out clashing opening gambits Monday on striking a trade deal, making it clear that each side is willing to walk away without an agreement rather than compromise on key issues.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a bravado-filled salvo toward Brussels three days after Britain left the bloc, the first country to exit. In a speech to business leaders and international diplomats in London, Johnson said "we want a free trade agreement" — but not at any cost.
"I see no need to bind ourselves to an agreement with the EU," he said, insisting that Britain would "restore full sovereign control" over its borders, rules and economy.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier was equally emphatic that the