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UK-EU trade talks break as conflicting positions draw slew of warnings from Barnier (update*)

By Michael Acton and Sarah Anne Aarup
  • 05 Mar 2020 08:11
  • 05 Mar 2020 10:38
There are "very serious divergences" between the EU and UK on their future trade relationship, the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator said today as the first round of negotiations ended in Brussels. 

Michel Barnier also questioned the UK government's insistence that it won't extend the 11-month transition period, and highlighted its insistence on "a

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Michael Acton

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Michael is a senior correspondent for MLex in San Francisco, where he moved in 2020 after working in our Brussels bureau. Before joining MLex, he reported on EU politics as the Financial Times’ Nico Colchester Fellow in Brussels. Michael has a degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of Cambridge, and a degree in History and French from University College London and Paris IV Sorbonne.

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