September 27, 2019 / 3:09 PM / 18 days ago

UK's Barclay says still a long way to go in Brexit talks

Britain's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay attends a meeting with European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - There is still a long way to go before Britain and the European Union agree a Brexit deal but with good will on both sides it can be struck, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Friday.

“I think there is still a long way to go. I think we are coming to the moment of truth in these negotiations,” Barclay said in a television interview after meeting EU negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels.

Barclay added that the backstop, designed to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit, had to go but that a deal could be struck with good will on both sides.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by Stephen Addison

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