Brexit talks: “We’re making good progress" says Commission chief Ursula Von der Leyen

In her most optimistic comments on the Brexit talks to date, European Commission chief Ursula Von der Leyen said “We’re making good progress but there are two critical issues: level playing field and the fisheries, where we would like to see more progress.

“We are in very close contact on an hourly basis because the negotiations now have been intensified … There are 11 other fields of files that have to be negotiated," Reuters reports her as saying.

The outstanding issues remain those of EU access to British fishing grounds, fair competition rules for business, including rules on domestic subsidies, and an institutional mechanism for resolving future disputes.

European council president Charles Michel suggested the state of the talks would probably assessed next week, and appeared to be positive about the prospects of a trade deal being ratified in mid-November.

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