According to British MP Michael Gove, the door is "still ajar" for talks with the EU over a post-Brexit trade deal. But only if it moves ground in key areas. Gove said the EU must speed up the negotiations and offer better terms.
It comes as the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier will not travel to London for talks tomorrow but will join "remotely, as planned". Negotiations between the UK and the EU have stalled amid disagreements over fishing access and competition issues.
The EU has said it is prepared to "intensify" talks but it would not agree a deal at "any price". The CBI and other business organisations urged the UK government to focus on bridging its differences with the EU, saying a deal was vital to help the post-Covid recovery.
They warned that uncertainty about the UK's future trading relationship with its largest market was "chipping away at business resilience" at a time when many firms were being battered by coronavirus.
Downing Street said on Friday that official negotiations over a future economic partnership were "over" and the UK should "get ready" to trade with the EU from 1 January without a specific agreement.