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EU's Barnier says at this stage deal with Britain seems unlikely

BRUSSELS, Aug 21 (Reuters) - European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator said on Friday that talks with Britain this week often appeared to going backwards rather than forwards and, at this point, it looked unlikely that a deal could be clinched before a year-end deadline.

“At this stage, an agreement between the UK and the European Union seems unlikely,” Barnier told a news conference after two full days of negotiations in Brussels.

“On the European side, we are very concerned about the state of play in our negotiations. The clock is ticking.” (Reporting by John Chalmers)

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