Michel Barnier cancels Brexit briefing with EU envoys due to 'ongoing intensive negotiations'
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Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier has cancelled a Brexit briefing with national envoys because of "ongoing intensive negotiations in London", a spokesman for the bloc confirmed.
Barnier has binned a Friday briefing for national envoys to the bloc in the latest sign both sides could be nearing a trade deal.
Hopes for an agreement had been dashed on Thursday after a Downing Street officials said chances of a deal were "receding" following last-minute demands by EU negotiators.
Downing Street has said talks "are at a difficult point" while Germany has said it does not want a Brexit deal "at any price".
Barnier had been expected to return to Brussels on Friday with the intention of coming back to London to continue negotiations over the weekend.
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Both sides remain locked in heated talks over fishing rights in UK waters and the so-called "level playing field" provisions.
The deadline for a deal is looming. The Brexit transition period is due to end on December 31, giving both sides little time to get a deal agreed by negotiators and approved by the EU’s leaders, Westminster and the European parliament.
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