EU-UK talks: ‘Make or break’ moment approaching, say both sides

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Trade talks between the UK and EU are reaching the "make or break" point, the two sides have said, with key differences proving hard to resolve.

EU sources said there had been less progress in recent days on outstanding sticking points than they had hoped for and the "moment of truth" was nearing.

UK sources said there were still "quite big gaps" between the sides.

Both sides doubted that a draft deal could now be reached in the coming days, as the EU had originally hoped.

The two sides are in a race against the clock to settle their future economic partnership in time for it to take effect on 1 January, when the UK will leave the EU's single market and customs union.

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UK sources indicated there had been no breakthrough this week between the UK's negotiator David Frost and his EU counterpart Michel Barnier, with the two ending their discussions in a similar position to how they started them.

An EU source familiar with the process said one of their meetings had been "short and brutal".