A piece in the UK newspaper The Times strikes a wary note

  • British trade negotiations with China will face "great uncertainties" if ministers fail to strike a Brexit deal, Beijing's top diplomat in Brussels has warned.
  • Only a deal with the European Union will pave the way for the UK to hold "more detailed" talks with big markets, according to Zhang Ming, head of the Chinese mission to the European Union.

The Times is gated, but that's the gist of it


  • If there is not a Brexit deal, there won't be things to talk about after that," he told Politico. "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."