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Brexit deal 'possible this week', says European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier

European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP Luxembourg Oct 15, 2019, 12.35 PM (IST)

Reaching a divorce deal between Britain and the European Union is still possible this week, even if it more and more difficult, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters before a meeting of Europe ministers of the EU, Barnier said it was high time for London to "turn good intentions into a legal text."

"Even if an agreement has been difficult, more and more difficult, it’s still possible this week," Barnier said.

"Reaching an agreement is still possible. Obviously, any agreement must work for all. The whole of the UK and the whole of the EU. Let me add also that it is high time to turn good intentions in a legal text," he said.

Earlier, Barnier warned diplomats that "a lot of work remains to be done" in withdrawal talks between London and Brussels.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II said that Britain is still aiming for Brexit at the end of the month.

The government wants a new partnership with the European Union, based on free trade, the Queen said.

If Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not able to come to an agreement with the other 27 EU leaders this month, Britain may crash out without a follow-on treaty. 

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Speaking to reporters before a meeting of Europe ministers of the EU, Barnier said it was high time for London to 'turn good intentions into a legal text.'