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Brexit: EU negotiator wants ‘decisive progress’

The European Union’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has called for “decisive progress” in negotiations with Britain in time for a summit of all 28 EU nation leaders next week.

Brexit negotiators from both sides have been locked in intense discussions this week, trying to overcome differences on the biggest outstanding hurdle to a Brexit deal.

One such hurdle is how to keep the Ireland-UK border open after Britain leaves the bloc in March.

Speaking after Mr. Barnier briefed the executive European Commission, spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a news conference: “He recalled that decisive progress must be made in time for the October European Council next week and negotiations at the technical level will continue this week.”

The twenty-seven EU states will get an update at a meeting of national ambassadors, without Britain, on Friday evening.

The parties will continue negotiations through the weekend with hopes for a breakthrough as early as Monday, a Reuters report has said.

The EU leaders meeting next Wednesday and Thursday in Brussels want to be able to announce decisive progress on the Brexit deal to agree to hold another summit in November.

The meeting would aim at finalising work on a declaration of close future ties with Britain that would also be part of the Brexit package.

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