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European Union’s Barnier says Brexit deal 90% done, but Ireland issue could derail it

European Union's Barnier says Brexit deal 90% done, but Ireland issue could derail it

Michel Barnier, European Union negotiator said on Friday that a Brexit deal with the United Kingdom was 90 percent done, although there is still a chance that no accord would be reached due to the ongoing stumbling blocks over the Irish border.

The European Union negotiator told France Inter radio that ninety percent of the accord on the table has been agreed with Britain.

He added that he is convinced that a deal is necessary but not sure if they will get one.

Theresa May, the British Prime Minister as well as other EU leaders voiced renewed confidence on Thursday that they could secure a Brexit deal. However, still the two sides remain at odds over how to deal with their only land border, between the British province of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

May had also signaled that she would consider extending a so-called transition period for a matter of a few months after Britain leaves the EU in March.

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