Richmond Times-Dispatch

Optimismon Brexit talks fades as time runs short

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BRUSSELS— With the European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier in quarantine, trade talks with the United Kingdom continued by videoconfe­rence this week, though the optimism expressed last week seemed to have faded.

Barnier stressed on Monday that negotiator­s were running out of time to make a Jan. 1 deadline and that “fundamenta­l divergence­s still remain.”

The talks were shifted to a videoconfe­rence last week when an EU official tested positive for the coronaviru­s, forcing Barnier into a quarantine until at least Thursday. Both sides have indicated that to reach an agreement on key issues the negotiator­s need to meet in person.

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