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Barnier ar­rives ‘ to break dead­lock’

- By Mar­tyn Brown and Joe Barnes Brexit · Germany News · European Politics · UK News · Politics · British Politics · European Union · Michel Barnier · Boris Johnson · Germany · United Kingdom · London · Northern Ireland · Ireland · European Commission · David Frost · Michael Roth

BRI­TISH and Euro­pean Union ne­go­tia­tors will meet to­day in a fresh at­tempt to break the dead­lock over a post- Brexit trade deal.

David Frost will have talks with his EU coun­ter­part Michel Barnier with re­la­tions be­tween Boris John­son’s gov­ern­ment and Brus­sels un­der se­vere strain.

The re­newed sense of ur­gency comes as Ger­many’s Europe min­is­ter Michael Roth ac­cused Mr John­son of “play­ing games” ahead of crunch UK- EU talks.

Mr Barnier’s meet­ing in Lon­don is in­tended to pre­pare for next week’s for­mal ne­go­ti­at­ing round. A row over the UK’s ap­par­ent readi­ness to change parts of the Brexit di­vorce deal re­lat­ing to North­ern Ire­land has also soured re­la­tions.

Agree­ment will need to be reached by the end of Oc­to­ber to rat­ify it and have it in place when the cur­rent tran­si­tion ar­range­ments ex­pire at the end of the year.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s spokesman said: “We have al­ways stressed that we be­lieve a deal is pos­si­ble and we will con­tinue to work hard on se­cur­ing a deal.”

Euro­pean Com­mis­sion econ­o­mists are said to have al­ready made changes to their Au­tumn Eco­nomic Fore­cast to in­clude the im­pact of Bri­tain quit­ting with­out an agree­ment fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of Down­ing Street’s In­ter­nal Mar­ket Bill.

The Bill last night passed its lat­est stage in Par­lia­ment af­ter po­ten­tial Tory rebels backed a com­pro­mise. The Gov­ern­ment prom­ises to hand the Com­mons a say be­fore it uses new pow­ers to over­ride parts of the with­drawal agree­ment that re­late to the sta­tus of North­ern Ire­land.

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Talks… Michel Barnier

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