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UK says ‘small number’ of issues remain for Brexit

London, Tuesday

EU officials published a contingency plan on Tuesday for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit as negotiators scrambled to secure agreement in the next 24 hours, even as Britain said there were still a “small number” of issues to resolve.

In one measure, Brussels said it will offer visa-free travel within the bloc to Britons, but warned this was “entirely conditional on the UK also granting reciprocal and non-discriminatory visa-free travel to EU citizens travelling to the UK”.

After British and EU negotiators spent another night locked in talks, Prime Minister Theresa May told her cabinet in London that there had been progress but no text was yet ready for approval.  The value of the pound rose after May’s deputy David Lidington told the BBC earlier on Tuesday that a deal was “still possible, but not definite” by Wednesday evening.

British officials say a deal must be agreed by then if Brussels is to call an extraordinary European Union summit later this month to sign off the agreement.  -AFP

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