UK Northern Ireland minister Brandon Lewis sees chance of post-Brexit deal before Dec 31st

British government Northern Ireland minister Brandon Lewis said on Sunday that the UK and the EU have a good chance of striking a post-Brexit deal before the current transition period ends on December 31st, Reuters reports.

Amid last minute posturing from both sides, the UK had previously walked away in protest at what it saw as the EU’s unwillingness to compromise on key issues, however negotiators now appear to be back at the table.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is reportedly planning to extend his stay in London until Wednesday.

Lewis told the BBC: “I’m always an optimist ... and I hope and I think there’s a good chance we can get a deal, but the EU need to understand it is for them to move as well.”

Lewis restated the government position that it would rather leave without a deal than accept one which is not in Britain’s interests.


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