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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…