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World Brexit negotiations restart in person as clock ticks down

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

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A Brexit deal is still possible, the UK’s chief negotiator has insisted as face-to-face negotiations are set to resume with the clock ticking down to an agreement deadline. In - person negotiations in Brussels were suspended a week ago after a member of Mr Barnier’s team contracted coronavirus.

In - person negotiations in Brussels were suspended a week ago after a member of Mr Barnier's team contracted coronavirus. Downing Street insisted that the Government remained committed to securing a post- Brexit trade deal and talks were continuing virtually with Michel Barnier's EU team.

LONDON (Reuters) - Face-to-face negotiations between Britain and the European Union over a trade deal restarted on Saturday, in a last-ditch attempt to find agreement with just five weeks to go before their current relationship ends.

a man wearing a suit and tie: EU chief Brexit negotiator Barnier is seen in London © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS EU chief Brexit negotiator Barnier is seen in London

EU negotiator Michel Barnier arrived for talks in London on Saturday morning. He said on Friday night that he was "very happy" to be back in the city and would keep working with "patience and determination".

Barnier and Britain's chief negotiator David Frost are working to secure a deal before the UK's transition period with the EU ends on Dec. 31. Both sides are calling for the other to compromise on the three main issues of contention - fishing, state aid and how to resolve any future disputes.

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With the clock ticking down , observers are splitting into two broad camps. One contains those who are optimistic a deal can be struck in time while the more pessimistic camp fears this will not prove to be the case. Bolstering the optimistic case is the fact that a majority of issues have been settled, along with

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a group of people walking on a sidewalk: EU chief Brexit negotiator Barnier is seen in London © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS EU chief Brexit negotiator Barnier is seen in London

Britain left the bloc on Jan. 31 this year and a "no-deal" final exit would snarl borders, spook financial markets and disrupt delicate supply chains that stretch across Europe and beyond -- just as the world grapples with the vast economic cost of the COVID-19 outbreak.

a group of people walking on a sidewalk: EU chief Brexit negotiator Barnier in London © Reuters/HENRY NICHOLLS EU chief Brexit negotiator Barnier in London

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin on Friday evening. Johnson underlined his commitment to reaching a deal that respects the sovereignty of the UK, according to a UK statement.

On the major sticking point of fishing, some media reports on Friday suggested that Britain had rejected an EU proposal on the value of fish quota that European fleets catch in British waters that are due to be restored to the UK.

The Telegraph newspaper reported that the EU was set to concede on Brexit fishing rights.

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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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