Brexit: Barnier arrives in UK for last-ditch deal talks

European flag at Downing Street
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The United Kingdom and the European Union will resume face-to-face Brexit trade talks in London this weekend.

The EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier arrived in London following a period of self-isolation after a colleague tested positive for coronavirus last week.

Ahead of travelling to the UK, he said the “same significant divergences persist” in negotiations.

British prime minister Boris Johnson insisted that the likelihood of a deal depended on the EU.

Speaking on Friday, the prime minister told reporters that “there’s a deal there to be done if they want to do it”.

Johnson added “substantial and important differences” remained between the two sides, with just over a month left before a December deadline.

Negotiators are hoping to have a deal in place which would govern the relationship between the UK and the bloc for when post-Brexit transition period ends in January 2021.