The United Kingdom is ready to terminate the transition period on “Australia terms” if London and Brussels fail to reach an agreement on their future relations, Downing Street cited Prime Minister Boris Johnson as saying.
"He (Johnson) said the UK would negotiate constructively but equally would be ready to leave the transition period on Australia terms if agreement could not be reached", the statement said.
The statement refers to the existing trade relations between the bloc and Australia, which generally follow WTO rules with the exception of specific agreements on certain goods.
The UK and the EU issued a joint statement earlier this month, stressing that they are not going to extend the transition period beyond 31 December.
The United Kingdom left the European Union in January, completing a process that began with the Brexit referendum held in June 2016. The transition period is in effect until 31 December, giving Brussels and London time to conclude a range of agreements, the most important of which is a free trade deal.