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EU and UK still far apart but Brexit deal hopes rise
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EU and UK still far apart but Brexit deal hopes rise

    Hopes were rising in London and Brussels on Sunday that a post-Brexit trade deal can be rescued, but there were warnings that the EU and UK remained far apart on key issues and that talks could go to the wire. Boris Johnson, UK prime minister, and Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, agreed in a constructive call on Sunday to go the extra mile in search of a deal, as both sides reported progress in the talks. But no deadline was set for the conclusion of negotiations, with British officials admitting that they could drag on until Christmas. A deal must be in place before Britain’s transition deal ends on January 1. We have time on our side to ratify we can go up until Christmas, said one senior British official. EU diplomats confirmed that talks wou...