EU chief negotiator 'determined' to get Brexit deal

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier wearing a protective mask arrives for the EU-Brexit talks in London, Britain September 23, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Wednesday he remained determined to reach a deal with Britain when asked whether such an agreement was possible before the end of a status-quo transition period.

Asked by Reuters as he arrived in London before informal talks if he was optimistic about reaching a deal, Barnier said: “I am determined.”

“We remain calm, respectful, realistic and firm.”

He refused to comment on the British government’s Internal Market Bill, which ministers have said could break international law.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, writing by Sarah Young, editing by Elizabeth Piper