Brexit news live – EU chief hails ‘better progress’ in UK trade talks as Barnier stuck in Covid isolation

TALKS on an EU-UK trade deal have made “better progress” in recent days, the president of the European Commission has said.

Ursula von der Leyen said there were still “quite some metres to the finish” but that there had been “more movement” on important issues.

Her cautiously upbeat assessment comes after face-to-face negotiations were temporarily suspended on Thursday after a member of Michel Barnier’s EU negotiating team tested positive for Covid-19.

Both sides will have to continue the talks online as they race against the clock to get the deal over the line.

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