Britain, EU agree to pursue mini-deals if talks fail next week


(Reuters) – Britain and the European Union have agreed to pursue ‘mini-deals’ in areas of mutual interest, such as aviation and road transport, even if trade negotiations for a wider deal break down next week, The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/post-brexit-britain-and-eu-agree-to-pursue-mini-deals-if-talks-fail-next-week-8b7jrrjc8 reported on Saturday.



FILE PHOTO: EU flag are placed on broken glass and British flag in this illustration picture taken


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FILE PHOTO: EU flag are placed on broken glass and British flag in this illustration picture taken

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost have agreed that even if a wider deal proves impossible to reach on Oct. 15, contact will continue, The Times said.

In such an event, the two sides would spend November attempting to put together mini-deals to offset the likely disruption when the transition period ends on Dec. 31, the newspaper said, without citing sources.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set a deadline of the Oct. 15 EU summit for a deal, but the two sides are still haggling over a trade deal that would kick in when informal membership ends on Dec. 31.

(Reporting by Aakriti Bhalla in Bengaluru, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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