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By Gabriela Baczynska and John Chalmers
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU and Britain are very near settlement on most points as time runs out for a commerce deal however they’re nonetheless at odds over fishing rights, ensures of honest competitors and methods to resolve future disputes, an EU official advised ambassadors in Brussels.
“We’re each shut and much away. It appears that evidently we’re very near settlement on most points however variations on the three contentious points persist,” a senior EU diplomat mentioned after ambassadors have been briefed on Friday by an EU negotiator.
The chief Brexit negotiators suspended direct talks on Thursday after a member of the EU staff examined constructive for COVID-19, however officers continued working remotely to clinch an EU-UK commerce deal that may come into pressure in simply six weeks.
A second EU diplomat mentioned of the three fundamental sticking factors between negotiators: “They nonetheless want their time. Some issues on the extent enjoying discipline have moved, albeit very very slowly. Fisheries are usually not actually transferring anyplace proper now.”
An EU official, who’s straight concerned within the talks with UK: “Each of those are nonetheless very caught.”