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European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier wearing a protective face mask is seen in London, Britain November 28, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Face-to-face negotiations between Britain and the European Union over a trade deal restarted on Saturday, in a last-ditch attempt to find agreement with just five weeks to go before their current relationship ends.

 

EU negotiator Michel Barnier arrived for talks in London on Saturday morning. He said on Friday night that he was "very happy" to be back in the city and would keep working with "patience and determination".

 

Barnier and Britain's chief negotiator David Frost are working to secure a deal before the UK's transition period with the EU ends on Dec. 31. Both sides are calling for the other to compromise on the three main issues of contention - fishing, state aid and how to resolve any future disputes.

 

Britain left the bloc on Jan. 31 this year and a "no-deal" final exit would snarl borders, spook financial markets and disrupt delicate supply chains that stretch across Europe and beyond -- just as the world grapples with the vast economic cost of the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin on Friday evening. Johnson underlined his commitment to reaching a deal that respects the sovereignty of the UK, according to a UK statement.

 

On the major sticking point of fishing, some media reports on Friday suggested that Britain had rejected an EU proposal on the value of fish quota that European fleets catch in British waters that are due to be restored to the UK.

 

The Telegraph newspaper reported that the EU was set to concede on Brexit fishing rights.

 

(Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Frances Kerry)

 

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Its pretty obvious. Either the UK (Brexiteers) accept what the EU is offering or its no deal. Its already been made clear. Now the Brexiteers can huff and puff but its a one sided game because th

A deal might happen, or maybe not. Personally I don't think it will happen. Obviously a deal would make sense. And the UK needs a deal a lot more than the EU. But one way or the other, life

No Mr Barnier of course, it has been reported that he is prepared to allow the UK to have 18% more British fish caught in British waters, now doesn't that really show what a kind and considerate man h

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20 minutes ago, vogie said:

No Mr Barnier of course, it has been reported that he is prepared to allow the UK to have 18% more British fish caught in British waters, now doesn't that really show what a kind and considerate man he really is.

Is them  fish on a  buy back then? Like  you  catch em, we  get  18 % exstra back on quota?  Or we  gotta  catch  ourselvses?

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12 minutes ago, Chomper Higgot said:

He’s not paid to be ‘kind and considerate’.

Well guess what, neither is Mr Frost.

 

4 minutes ago, Chomper Higgot said:

Don’t focus too much on the ‘chlorinated chicken’, it’s a tiny part of what the US is going to force the UK to swallow.

 

You’ll find warnings of going cap in hand to Washington begging for a trade deal filed under ‘project fear’.

 

And what US industry lobbyist demand from a US/UK trade deal is nothing to do with who is President or indeed which political party holds the Presidency.

What is the difference between US chlorinated produce and EU chlorinated produce?

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