Brexit news latest – EU-UK trade talks HALTED at 11th hour due to Covid bombshell as deadline looms

TRADE talks between the EU and UK have been halted at the 11th hour after a negotiator tested positive for Covid-19.

High-level meetings were pulled after one of Michel Barnier’s top team members came down with the virus.

Both sides will continue the talks online as they race against the clock to get the deal over the line.

In order to have a UK-EU trade deal fully ratified and in place by the end of the transition period on December 31, an agreement will need to be reached in the coming days.

But a couple of key sticking points remain – especially around fishing rights – meaning no deal is likely to be done unless one side decides to budge.

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