4/16/2018, 4:11 PM (Source:
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China: UK must have Brexit deal before we talk trade

Beijing's ambassador to the European Union Zhang Ming (pictured) told Politico on Monday that the United Kingdom needs to reach a deal on Brexit with Brussels before trade negotiations with China can begin.

"If the EU and the UK fail to reach agreement in the first place, the UK’s agreements with other parties may have to face great uncertainties," Ming said in his interview with the outlet.

Any trade deal that UK signs during the transition period can only go into force after the time frame expires. However, Chinese envoy added, "not everything will start from zero after Brexit. We already have a solid basis," referring to the joint economic trade commission that London has with Beijing.

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