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EU, UK officials cautious on any imminent trade deal breakthrough

British Union Jack and EU flags are pictured before the meeting with Britain's Brexit Secretary Barclay and EU's chief Brexit negotiator Barnier in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union and Britain were still “very far apart in key areas” of their trade talks, a British official said after the bloc’s Brexit negotiator said on Thursday good progress was being made and only “last stumbling blocks” stood in the way of a deal.

Separately, an EU official said that, while sealing a new partnership pact between the estranged allies was possible before the end of the week, they “wouldn’t bank on it”.

The person, who spoke under condition of anonymity, added that disagreements over fisheries were not yet resolved, and that many more minor issues still required polishing.

(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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