Brexit: UK-EU talks to resume in final push for trade deal
Talks between the UK and EU are due to resume later in a final bid to agree a post-Brexit trade deal.
After a weekend of tense negotiations, EU sources told the BBC an agreement on fishing was close – but this was disputed by Downing Street.
The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, Lord Frost, will continue talks with EU counterpart Michel Barnier.
And Prime Minister Boris Johnson will speak later to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
The BBC has learned that Mr Barnier briefed EU ambassadors early on Monday morning that “divergences” remain, also telling them that he was neither optimistic nor pessimistic, but “realistic” about the prospects of a deal being reached.
He also said the claim that progress had been made on fishing rights was not true.