Brexit news – live: Deal with EU ‘still possible’ as talks resume, with Scottish independence ’in clear sight’

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Brexit news - live: Deal with EU ‘still possible’ as talks resume, with Scottish independence ’in clear sight’

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<p>EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier wearing a protective face covering to combat the spread of the coronavirus</p>

Face-to-face Brexit negotiations will resume in London on Saturday after being derailed by coronavirus infection, with just over a month until the transition period ends.

Negotiator David Frost suggested a trade deal is “still possible” but insisted any deal must “fully respect” UK sovereignty, while his EU counterpart Michel Barnier warned “the same significant divergences remain” on fishing rights, governance and “level playing field” issues.

Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon will declare Scotland a “nation on the cusp of making history” with independence in “clear sight” at the SNP’s annual conference, after a clear succession of opinion polls showed a majority of support for a Yes vote.

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Michel Barnier arrives in London for renewed in-person talks

The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and his UK counterpart Lord Frost will resume in-person Brexit talks in London later today.

Arriving in the capital last night, Mr Barnier told reporters that he would continue to work with “patience and determination” to reach an agreement, just hours after tweeting:

Andy Gregory28 November 2020 09:06

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Nicola Sturgeon to declare Scotland ‘on the cusp of making history’

The Scottish first minister will tell her party faithful to “reach out to all of Scotland like never before” at this weekend’s annual SNP conference.

“Independence is in clear sight — and with unity of purpose, humility and hard work I have never been so certain that we will deliver it,” Nicola Sturgeon will say. “The people of Scotland have the right to choose their future.”

Our Whitehall editor Kate Devlin has the full details of what to expect here:

Andy Gregory28 November 2020 09:00

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Good morning, and welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of today’s events in UK politics.

Andy Gregory28 November 2020 08:56

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