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Brexit: Barnier staying is a good sign, says Northern Ireland Secretary

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has said a decision by EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier to stay on in London this week to continue talks on a post-Brexit trade deal is a “very good sign”. The talks had been expected to switch to Brussels but it is reported that Mr Barnier is to remain in the UK until Wednesday – in part because of the high coronavirus infection rates in the Belgian capital. Mr Lewis told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show: “The fact that Michel Barnier has outlined in the last week or so that they are going to come back and do these intensive negotiations, he recognises the EU do need to move, and that he is staying through to next week, is totally a very good sign. “We have got to make sure that it is a deal that works not just for our partners in Europe – we want to have a very good relationship with them obviously – but one that works for the United Kingdom. “I think there is a good chance that we can get a deal but I think it is for the EU to understand that it is for them to move as well.”
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