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David Davis expects EU to discuss Brexit implementation deal by Christmas

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Brexit secretary David Davis has said he expects the EU will want to sit down for talks about the Brexit implementation deal by Christmas.

Speaking to MPs this morning, the government's top Brexit negotiator said he is looking to agree a UK-EU deal before March 2019, adding that it could be signed off "nanoseconds" after the Brexit deadline.

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However, he has maintained that the "no deal" option remains on the table.

"It would not be the first time in European negotiations where some last-minute claims come in because they think they have you over a barrel," he said.

Brexit talks have stalled in the past few weeks, with the EU's negotiator saying the second phase of negotiations can't take place because there has not been enough progress on the financial settlement and other issues.

The stalemate has pushed the business community to campaign for a transitional deal which maintains the UK's current relationship with the EU, to buy negotiators more time to finalise a deal.


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