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Barnier calls for more time to find Brexit deal

LUXEMBOURG: The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Tuesday (Oct 16) called for more time to reach a deal with London, as fears grow about Britain crashing out of the union with no agreement in place. Barnier said there were still several important differences between the two sides, notably on the thorny question of the Irish border. As he arrived to brief EU ministers meeting in Luxembourg on the state of negotiations on the eve of a crucial summit, Barnier said "we're not there yet". Read More: UK PM says…

EU’s Barnier says open-ended Brexit transition ‘not possible’

BRUSSELS: European Union negotiator Michel Barnier warned Britain Tuesday that it could not have an open-ended post-Brexit transition and that a deal on the phase remained out of reach. Barnier added ahead of a key speech by Prime Minister Theresa May on future trade relations that Britain’s plans for partial access to the single market were “cherry picking”. “There are quite a lot of points of disagreement. I regret, but maintain the evaluation I made a few weeks ago: in the light of these disagreements, we have not…

Brexit transition period ‘not a given’, EU’s Barnier warns

LONDON: The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has warned that plans for a post-Brexit transition period to ease the pain of the split were at risk because of “substantial” disagreements with Britain. Barnier also rejected claims by his British counterpart David Davis that Brussels had been “discourteous” by including a punishment clause in a draft transition deal in case Britain breached the bloc’s rules. “If these disagreements persist, the transition is not a given,” Barnier told a news conference in Brussels…