FILE PHOTO - Britain's Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox leaves10 Downing Street, London, November 22, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will not resolve the question of the Irish border after Brexit until it has also agreed the outline of a trade deal with the European Union, the country’s International Trade Minister Liam Fox said on Sunday.
The EU has said “sufficient progress” needs to be made on the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland, along with two other key issues, before EU leaders meeting at a summit on Dec. 14-15 can approve the opening of trade talks next year.
However, Fox said it would be very difficult to address the issue of the border while Britain’s relationship with the EU after Brexit remains unclear.
“We don’t want there to be a hard border but the United Kingdom is going to be leaving the customs union and the single market,” he told Sky News.
“We can’t get a final answer to the Irish question until we …