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The EU negotiator, Michel Barnier is scheduled to come to London next week, before another formal round of Brexit discussions during which the end state is anticipated to be discussed.
According to David Davis, the Brexit secretary, Barnier is set to arrive on Monday. Davis described the visit as an “important next step in our work to build new partnership between UK & EU.”
The next set of discussions that are based in Brussels will take place between the 6th and 9th of February, and talks are expected to include the ongoing withdrawal issues, such as the transition, the Irish border, and an “update on the future relationship” from the side of the United Kingdom.
Even though informal talks have been taking place ever since sufficient progress was declared in the middle of last December, this is the first time that formal negotiations will take place.
Yesterday, Davis said that he had been visiting as many member states of the European Union as possible to attempt and make sure that each of the EU27 countries is on board with the vision of the United Kingdom for such a time as when discussions regarding trade will commence.
It is expected that transition can be agreed at the March European Council, meaning that trade discussions are rapidly looming.
However, so far, the government of the United Kingdom has avoided committing to a particular position regarding the matter.
Earlier today, it was revealed that disappointed Tory MPs were being pacified with a promise that the UK government would make its proposals clear in the coming weeks.