EU-UK Brexit negotiators make last-ditch effort to reach commerce deal

The chief negotiators of the European Union and the UK, Michel Barnier and his British counterpart David Frost made a final try on Sunday to resolve a stalemate in commerce talks, in a bid to clinch a deal earlier than the deadline for the transition interval looms on December 31. 
The two sides on Friday had agreed to pause their talks with the intention to transient their principals on the state of play of the negotiations, after concluding that the circumstances for an settlement weren’t met, regardless of one other week of intense negotiations in London. 
Sunday’s move got here after the Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and British PM Johnson held telephone talks the subsequent day, throughout which they urged their chief negotiators to reconvene in Brussels to evaluate whether or not they can bridge their variations. 
“Whilst recognising the seriousness of these differences, we agreed that a further effort should be undertaken by our negotiating teams to assess whether they can be resolved,” von der Leyen and Johnson mentioned in a joint assertion on Saturday. 
On Monday morning, Barnier attended a COREPER assembly to transient the bloc’s ambassadors on the European Council in regards to the negotiations, whereas one other telephone name between the Commission chief and the British PM is scheduled for a similar night. 
Citing EU sources, The Guardian reported earlier within the day {that a} main breakthrough has been made in Brexit talks on the rights of European fleets to fish in UK waters. 
Should the 2 sides not handle to reach a deal earlier than the tip of the transition interval, the EU and the UK might want to commerce on the phrases foreseen by the World Trade Organisation (WTO).