Jill Lawless and Lorne Cook Associated Press Published 9:57 AM EDT Sep 20, 2019 London – British and European Union negotiators agreed Friday to press on with talks in search of an elusive Brexit deal, as Ireland’s deputy leader warned that the two sides remain far apart despite an improvement in the “mood music.” After weeks spent demanding that Britain provide concrete proposals for ending the deadlock, the European Commission said that technical meetings are focusing on “a first set of concepts, principles and ideas that the United Kingdom has put forward.” The announcement came after talks in Brussels between Britain’s Brexit Secretary, Stephen Barclay, and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, as the U.K. and the EU struggle to strike a last-minute deal before Britain’s scheduled departure date of Oct. 31. Barclay was upbeat, saying the meeting had overrun – a sign of progress. “There’s a common purpose both in Dublin, in London and here in Brussels to see a deal over the line,” he said. “We were getting into the detail.” Barclay said the two sides’ technical teams would meet next week, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson was due to meet EU Council President Donald Tusk at the U.N…. Read full this story
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