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World Brexit talks resume in London as clock ticks down

12:50  28 november  2020
12:50  28 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Face-to-face Brexit trade talks will resume in London this weekend, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said. In-person negotiations were suspended when Mr Barnier had to self-isolate after a colleague tested positive for Covid last week. The Frenchman said the "same significant divergences

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European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier resumed make-or-break Brexit talks with British counterpart David Frost in London on Saturday with the clock ticking for a deal on future trading arrangements.

a clock tower lit up at sunset: The talks have already pushed on much longer than expected and time is running out © JUSTIN TALLIS The talks have already pushed on much longer than expected and time is running out

It is the first time they have met face-to-face since Barnier went into self-isolation after a member of his team caught coronavirus.

A failure to reach an agreement would see Britain and the EU trading on World Trade Organization terms, with tariffs immediately imposed on goods travelling to and from the continent.

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Face-to-face Brexit talks are set to resume in London this weekend, EU sources say. Last week, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier had to self isolate Talks remain stalled over the thorny issues of fishing and state aid as the clock ticks down to the end of the transition period on December 31.

The two sides will shortly resume face-to-face negotiations after they had to be suspended last week when one of EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier's team tested positive for Covid-19. Barnier said on Twitter he would travel to London on Friday evening for talks with Britain's chief negotiator David Frost.

Britain has been largely trading on the same terms with the EU since it officially left the bloc in January as part of a transition agreement that expires at the end of the year.

As it stands, it will leaves Europe's trade and customs area in five weeks with talks on a follow-on agreement stalled over fishing rights and fair trade rules.

Both parties warned on Friday that success was not guaranteed, with Barnier tweeting that the "same significant divergences persist".

"We are not far from the take it or leave it moment," he later told ambassadors from member states, according to a European source familiar with the closed-door meeting.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's lead negotiator Frost said that people were "asking me why we are still talking," he tweeted.

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Downing Street today urged Michel Barnier to come to London to resume face-to-face Brexit trade talks amid reports the EU's chief negotiator had threatened to walk away from Mr Barnier is said to have made clear that he would quit the talks if Downing Street refuses to budge in the next 48 hours.

"My answer is that it's my job to do my utmost to see if the conditions for a deal exist. It is late but a deal is still possible, and I will continue to talk until it's clear that it isn't."

- Ireland border fears -

A no-deal scenario is widely expected to cause economic chaos, with customs checks required at borders.

Concern is particularly acute on the border between EU member Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland, where the sudden imposition of a hard border threatens the delicate peace secured by 1999's Good Friday Agreement.

a man wearing a suit and tie: EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has warned that success is not guaranteed © DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has warned that success is not guaranteed

Johnson spoke with Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin late Friday and "underlined his commitment to reaching a deal that respects the sovereignty of the UK".

But he also "reaffirmed the need to prioritise the Good Friday Agreement and avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland," according to a summary of the call released by London.

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Johnson earlier told reporters the "likelihood of a deal is very much determined by our friends and partners in the EU", adding there were "substantial and important differences to be bridged."

A key sticking point is the EU's demand for a post-Brexit © JOHN THYS A key sticking point is the EU's demand for a post-Brexit "level playing field"

A key sticking point is the EU's demand for a post-Brexit "level playing field", with punishing trade penalties if either side diverges from agreed standards or state aid regulations, but Britain does not want to be bound by rules made in Brussels.

Britain's fishing waters are also a hot topic, with sources on Friday saying that Barnier told envoys that London was asking that European access to them be cut by 80 percent, while the EU was willing to accept 15 to 18 percent.

The talks have already pushed on much longer than expected and time is running out for ratification of any deal by the European Parliament by the end of the year.

Members of the European Parliament have expressed frustration with the delays and may have to ratify a deal between Christmas and the New Year.

In Brussels, one source close to the talks said she would "eat my hat" if there was a deal by Monday, echoing a chorus of complaints that Johnson was playing the clock.

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No visible progress yet on key day for final Brexit deal .
BRUSSELS (AP) — One of the most intense days in the long-running Brexit trade negotiations started off with little good news about any progress Monday, with the United Kingdom and the European Union seemingly still stuck on the same issues that have dogged the standoff for months. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier held a pre-dawn briefing with ambassadors of the 27 member states to see if a deal is still possible with London ahead of the Jan. 1 deadline.

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