EU summit to say progress "still not sufficient" for Brexit trade deal
BRUSSELS, 14 Oct (Reuters) – The EU leaders' meeting on Thursday and Friday in Brussels to address Brexit would say that improvement in the negotiations with Britain "is not yet appropriate" to conclude a trade agreement in line with the Reuters draft summit decision.
The 27 national leaders are to inform Michel Barnier, their negotiator, to speed up negotiations with Britain, to achieve an agreement on 1 January 2021, but also to accelerate immediate arrangements for an abrupt economic separation, without an agreement to prevent tariffs and quotas.
They would also suggest to England, according to the draft summit decisions prepared prior to the conference, that they can completely enforce their earlier Brexit divorce Deal with the bloc.
(Gabriela Baczynska's report; Philip Blenkinsop editor's report)