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20th November 2020, 18:00

Better progress made on discussions between the EU and UK says EU Commission President

A trade and security agreement between the UK and the European Union is close to being finalised, EU ambassadors have reportedly been told. However, UK press reports that contentious issues are only "slowly shrinking".

A senior official at the European Commission says that the majority of the 11 key negotiation issues now had joint legal texts with fewer and fewer outstanding points. Issues with fishing waters remain unresolved.

For her part, the European Union Commission President says that there has been more movement on important files over the last few days, describing it as better progress. 

Ursula Von Der Leyen says that three main difficult issues: governance, fisheries and the level playing field remain. She said that progress had been made on the question of state aid.