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UK News Brexit deal 'still possible', UK's chief negotiator says ahead of face-to-face talks

15:40  27 november  2020
15:40  27 november  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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David Frost wearing a suit and tie: Lord Frost said 'for a deal to be possible it must fully respect UK sovereignty' © PA Lord Frost said 'for a deal to be possible it must fully respect UK sovereignty'

In a series of tweets, Lord Frost said he was looking forward to welcoming EU negotiator Michel Barnier to London for face-to-face Brexit talks this weekend.

a flag flying on a cloudy day: Britain's Brexit transition period is due to finish at the end of next month © Imagebridge Britain's Brexit transition period is due to finish at the end of next month

"Some people are asking me why we are still talking. My answer is that it's my job to do my utmost to see if the conditions for a deal exist," he said.

"It is late, but a deal is still possible, and I will continue to talk until it's clear that it isn't."

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But Lord Frost said "for a deal to be possible it must fully respect UK sovereignty".

He added: "That is not just a word - it has practical consequences.

"That includes: controlling our borders; deciding ourselves on a robust and principled subsidy control system; and controlling our fishing waters.

"We look to reach an agreement on this basis, allowing the new beginning to our relationship with the EU which, for our part, we have always wanted.

a man wearing sunglasses and standing in front of a building: The resumption of talks at a senior level comes after one of Michel Barnier's team tested positive for COVID-19 © Reuters The resumption of talks at a senior level comes after one of Michel Barnier's team tested positive for COVID-19

"We will continue to work hard to get it - because an agreement on any other basis is not possible."

Boris Johnson has said "substantial and important differences" remain between the two sides.

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The bloc’ s chief negotiator told representatives for member states that he would travel on Friday evening to try “It was pretty downbeat,” said one diplomat of the private briefing. Barnier had told his British counterpart Travelling to London this evening to continue talks with David Frost and team.”

The European Union' s chief Brexit negotiator , Michel Barnier says the European Union will remain, "calm, vigilant, respectful and constructive" as Brexit talks continue. Telegraph.co. uk and YouTube.com/TelegraphTV are websites of The Telegraph, the UK ' s best-selling quality daily

"The likelihood of a deal is very much determined by our friends and partners in the EU - there's a deal there to be done if they want to do it," the prime minister said.

Mr Barnier mirrored this, saying ahead of the discussions that "significant divergences" still remain.

The resumption of talks at a senior level comes after one of the EU negotiators tested positive for COVID-19.

Confidential notes seen by Sky News earlier this month revealed that EU officials think a deal is 95% agreed - but show the extent of anxiety over the potential impact if negotiations break down.

Britain left the EU at the end of January and entered into an 11-month transition period, following EU rules and regulations whilst trying to negotiate a free trade deal before 31 December.

The two teams have been attempting to thrash out an agreement ahead of that deadline, although negotiations have continued to remain stuck on issues such as so-called "level playing field" commitments and fisheries.

If an agreement is not struck, Number 10 has said the UK will end the transition period "on Australia terms" - meaning any trade the UK does with the EU being subject to tariffs and quotas. It would not be a free trade agreement.

The Office for Budget Responsibility said this week that failure to strike a deal could see a 2% hit to gross domestic product.

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