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Brexit: Hopes of deal ‘receding’ as UK-EU talks continue

Brexit talks are due to continue today amid warnings the prospect of a breakthrough is “receding”.

Negotiations between the UK and EU seemed to stall yesterday – with Britain claiming Brussels was calling for fresh concessions at the 11th hour.

And with the Brexit transition period due to end on December 31, there is little time to get a deal agreed by negotiators and approved by the EU’s leaders, Westminster and the European Parliament.

A senior UK Government source said: “At the 11th hour, the EU is bringing new elements into the negotiation.

“A breakthrough is still possible in the next few days but that prospect is receding.”

Fishing and the so-called “level playing field” aimed at preventing unfair competition on state subsidies and standards remain the main issues to be resolved in the talks.

It is reported the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, is expected to return to Brussels

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Prospect of Brexit trade deal breakthrough ‘receding’ as UK accuses EU of making fresh demands at 11th hour

Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal have suffered a blow, with the UK accusing the European Union of making fresh demands at the 11th hour.

Hopes of an imminent deal appear to be fading after Thursday’s negotiations in London between the teams led by Lord Frost and the EU’s Michel Barnier.

A senior UK Government source said: “At the 11th hour, the EU is bringing new elements into the negotiation. A breakthrough is still possible in the next few days but that prospect is receding.”

The UK’s current trading arrangements with the bloc expire at the end of the month. This leaves little time to get a deal agreed by negotiators and approved by the EU’s leaders, Westminster and the European Parliament.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson will press ahead with plans allowing ministers to tear up the Brexit divorce deal he has already agreed, despite the current round of UK-EU talks

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Chance of post-Brexit trade deal breakthrough ‘receding’, UK warns

Talks on a post-Brexit trade deal have suffered a blow, with the UK accusing the European Union of making fresh demands at the 11th hour.

The UK’s current trading arrangements with the bloc expire at the end of the month, leaving little time to get a deal agreed by negotiators and approved by the EU’s leaders, Westminster and the European Parliament.

Hopes of an imminent deal appear to be fading after Thursday’s negotiations in London between the teams led by Lord Frost and the EU’s Michel Barnier.

A senior UK Government source said: “At the 11th hour, the EU is bringing new elements into the negotiation.

“A breakthrough is still possible in the next few days but that prospect is receding.”

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson will press ahead with plans allowing ministers to tear up the Brexit divorce deal he has already agreed, despite the current round of UK-EU talks being

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Chances of post-Brexit trade deal with EU ‘receding’, UK warns

3 December 2020, 20:46 | Updated: 3 December 2020, 20:51

Trade talks between the UK and the EU appear to be hanging in the balance
Trade talks between the UK and the EU appear to be hanging in the balance.

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The chances of reaching a post-Brexit trade deal are “receding” due to fresh demands from the EU “at the eleventh hour”, the UK Government has said.

Hopes of the UK and the European Union reaching a trade agreement by the end of the week were dealt a blow on Thursday after the EU brought “new elements into the negotiation”.

Britain’s current trading arrangement with Europe will expire at the end of the month, giving the two sides little time to agree on a deal and have it ratified by the bloc’s leaders, Westminster and the European Parliament.

A senior UK Government source said on Thursday: “At the 11th hour, the EU is bringing new elements into the negotiation.

“A breakthrough is still possible

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Brexit news live: Latest updates as trade deal talks near ‘very end’

Michel Barnier passes pro-EU demonstrators near ‘make or break’ talks in London

Brexit talks are “at the very end”, Simon Coveney, Ireland’s foreign minister, has said. He told RTE that if a deal cannot be done then the focus will shift very soon to a no deal scenario.

It comes as it was revealed on Thursday that trade talks, described as “make or break”, stretched late into the night in London on Wednesday as negotiators sought to bridge considerable gaps over fishing rights, state aid and governance – the same issues over which talks have stalled since February.

And with Downing Street pledging to push ahead with plans to breach international law amid reports it intends to do so again in a Finance Bill due next week, Ireland’s foreign minister Simon Coveney warned this would be a “a really big mistake” and would be taken by the EU as a

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Boris Johnson will press ahead with plans allowing ministers to tear up Brexit divorce deal

Controversial Brexit legislation set to return with trade talks on a knife edge. Negotiations continue to reach a UK-European Union trade deal by the end of the month.

Boris Johnson will press ahead with plans allowing ministers to tear up the Brexit divorce deal despite the current round of UK-EU talks being at a critical stage.

The Government confirmed it will ask MPs to reinstate controversial legislation giving ministers the power to break international law by ignoring provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement relating to Northern Ireland.

MPs will vote on the UK Internal Market Bill on Monday, potentially throwing talks on a UK-European Union trade deal into crisis unless an agreement can be reached by then.

The EU has already taken the first steps in a legal action over the legislation.

The Government will also introduce the Taxation (Post-Transition Period) Bill, which reportedly includes measures to override parts

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Why Muddle the Public Side of the Green New Deal?

This article is part of the Prospect roundtable on the case for a new large source of public capital.

With the prospect of a Biden presidency spending trillions in stimulus money, including $2 trillion in green investment alone, policy thinkers are debating new institutions to manage a renewed U.S. industrial policy, invoking the New Deal and World War II mobilization. In her new proposal, Saule T. Omarova makes the case for a National Investment Authority (NIA) to retool the American economy for both massive investment and climate action at speed and scale. Omarova rightly recognizes that decarbonization isn’t only about the public sector. Private capital too will play a role—but which one?

Omarova’s work, based on earlier writings of hers with fellow Cornell Law professor Robert Hockett, provides a 21st-century update of the New Deal era’s Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC), but with a twist. Omarova’s latest proposal tries to

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Exclusive: Mexico agreed with U.S. Attorney General Barr to arrest drug capo in deal for general – source

MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mexico has committed to the arrest of a high-level cartel leader under a deal with U.S. Attorney General William Barr to drop U.S. drug trafficking charges against a former Mexican defense minister, a senior Mexican source told Reuters.

FILE PHOTO – Mexico’s former defense Minister General Salvador Cienfuegos attends an event at a military zone in Mexico City, Mexico September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Picture

The United States dropped the case against retired General Salvador Cienfuegos this week citing “sensitive and important” foreign policy considerations that outweighed interest in pursuing the charges.

In return, Mexico privately told Barr it would work with the United States to arrest a high-level cartel leader involved with trafficking large quantities of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, the source said.

Reuters was unable to establish which cartel leader Mexico and U.S. officials would be targeting and the source declined to give any

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Exclusive: Mexico agreed with U.S. Attorney General Barr to arrest drug capo in deal for general

By Diego Oré, Frank Jack Daniel and Mark Hosenball



Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda wearing a uniform: FILE PHOTO - Mexico's former defense Minister General Salvador Cienfuegos


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FILE PHOTO – Mexico’s former defense Minister General Salvador Cienfuegos

MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mexico has committed to the arrest of a high-level cartel leader under a deal with U.S. Attorney General William Barr to drop U.S. drug trafficking charges against a former Mexican defense minister, a senior Mexican source told Reuters.



a woman sitting on a statue of a man: Mexico's former Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos takes the oath before Judge Carol Bagley Amon in Brooklyn


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Mexico’s former Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos takes the oath before Judge Carol Bagley Amon in Brooklyn

The United States dropped the case against retired General Salvador Cienfuegos this week citing “sensitive and important” foreign policy considerations that outweighed interest in pursuing the charges.

In return, Mexico privately told Barr it would work with the United States to arrest a high-level cartel leader involved with trafficking large quantities of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, the source said.



a man wearing a suit and tie holding a cell phone: FILE PHOTO: AG Bill Barr participates in a roundtable discussion about human trafficking in Atlanta


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FILE PHOTO: AG Bill Barr

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