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On Sunday, an official from the European Union said that Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, and Michel Barnier, his Brexit negotiator, will meet European Union lawmakers early on Monday in an additional sign that a Brexit deal with Britain could already be prepared.
On Monday, Barnier and Juncker will meet with Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, over lunch in Brussels. Diplomats say that the agreement on the three key issues that were holding up discussions on future trade relations is close. One major impediment has been concerns from the European Parliament regarding the rights of citizens of the European Union in Britain after Brexit.
The meeting of Juncker is scheduled to be at 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) with the Brexit team of the legislature that is led by Guy Verhofstadt. It appears to be an attempt to secure approval from the Parliament for a deal on the rights of the citizens. The parliament must approve any Brexit agreement.