France has been blamed by sources for the 11th hour spanner in the works, dashing hopes of a breakthrough any time soon.
The last-minute terms would severely limit the UK Government’s ability to support struggling industries and keep us tied to EU rules for years.
And Brussels was still refusing to accept Britain’s offer for EU fishing boats to keep 40 per cent of their catch in UK seas.
It came after EU countries began to turn on each other publicly, with Ireland slamming Emmanuel Macron’s hardline approach.
Sources close to the UK team said the talks were on the verge of collapse.
The European Union has told Britain that it's time to make a decision on a Brexit trade deal after a last-minute problem in talks prompted London to say chances of a breakthrough were receding.
With less than four weeks left until the United Kingdom finally exits the EU's orbit on Dec. 31, both sides are asking each other to compromise on fishing, state aid and how to resolve any future disputes.
PM Boris Johnson will have to decide whether the UK should make last-minute compromises to secure or deal, or walk away from the talks without an agreement.
European Council President Charles Michel said the next few days would decide matters and the 27 EU leaders holding a virtual summit on Dec. 10-11 would take a position.
"The real question is - Which political, economic, social project do they want for their own future?," he said.
"And this is a question for the British government and for the British people."
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EU chief Charles Michel has today urged member states to remain "united" behind Brussels' negotiators in post-Brexit trade talks.
This plea comes after France threatened to veto any deal that gives ground to Britain.
Mr Michel congratulated EU negotiator Michel Barnier on keeping the 27 member states informed of his progress, and said: "And so until the last minute, the last second of the procedure, we will guarantee that unity amongst ourselves."
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