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Brexit negotiations about to end: EU’s Barnier

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BRUSSELS, Feb. 9, 2018 (Xinhua) -- European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier addresses a press conference about the next phase of negotiations with the UK at EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 9, 2018. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS) by .
European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier addresses a press conference about the next phase of negotiations with the UK at EU Commission headquarters in Brussels

The European Union (EU)’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said the bloc’s Brexit negotiations with Britain are now entering the final stageā€¦ reports Asian Lite News

BRUSSELS, Feb. 9, 2018 (Xinhua) -- European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier addresses a press conference about the next phase of negotiations with the UK at EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 9, 2018. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS) by .
European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier addresses a press conference about the next phase of negotiations with the UK at EU Commission headquarters in Brussels

Negotiations on the Brexit deal resumed on Tuesday after the summer break, Xinhua news agency reported.

Discussions between Britain’s Brexit minister Dominic Raab and Barnier have focused on three work streams, including a backstop solution for avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland, the other outstanding issues of the Withdrawal Agreement, for instance the protection of existing Geographical Indications, and the political declaration on the EU-Britain future relationship.

“The negotiations are now entering the final stage. We have agreed that the EU and the UK will negotiate continuously from now on,” said Barnier in a statement.

“Our challenge for the coming weeks is to try and define an ambitious partnership between the UK and the EU. A partnership that has no precedent,” he said.

He added this partnership has to respect the single market and the foundations of the European project.