EU's Michel says bloc still wants Brexit deal

President of the European Council Charles Michel, wearing a face mask, attends a face-to-face meeting on the second day of a two-day EU summit, in Brussels, Belgium October 16, 2020. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU summit chairman said on Friday the bloc was keeping on working for a deal with Britain and hoped progress on closing the gaps on a trade relationship was possible in the coming weeks, but stressed the 27-nation bloc would not compromise at any price.

“The level playing field, fisheries and governance are very important topics for the EU,” Charles Michel said after two days of face-to-face talks among EU leaders in Brussels. “We are determined to get a deal but not at any price.”

He also stressed Britain must implement in full its earlier divorce settlement with the EU to safeguard peace on the island of Ireland.

Reporting by Marine Strauss, Gabriela Baczynska, Jan Strupczewski; Editing by Alison Williams