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UK and EU conform to mini-deals if talks fail subsequent week: The Occasions

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(Reuters) – Britain and the European Union have agreed to strike "mini-deals" in areas of mutual interest such as aviation and road transport, although trade negotiations for a broader deal fail next week. The Times https: // www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/post-brexit-britain-and-eu-agree-to-pursue-mini-deals-if-talks-fail-next-week-8b7jrrjc8 reported on Saturday.

European Union chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier and UK chief negotiator David Frost have agreed that contact will continue even if a broader deal turns out to be impossible on Oct.15, The Times said.

In such a case, the two sides would spend November putting mini-deals together to make up for the likely disruption when the transition period ends on December 31, the newspaper said, without citing sources.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set a deadline for a deal at the EU summit on October 15, but both sides are still haggling over a trade deal that would come into effect if informal membership ends on December 31.

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