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Britain-EU trade talks resume as both sides soften expectations

Bare bones of a potential future compromise may be emerging even as key hurdles remain

Negotiators from Britain and the European Union are meeting throughout this week in another attempt to bridge their differences over the adoption of an agreement governing their future relationship.

Time is short; with Britain already out of the EU, a deal has to be in place before the end of this year, when the current transition arrangements expire, or trade links between Britain and the rest of Europe will be severely disrupted. And most of the key contentious trade questions have not even been addressed, let alone settled.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2020, with the headline 'Britain-EU trade talks resume as both sides soften expectations'. Print Edition | Subscribe