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Katya Adler told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme there have been “real clashes” in talks between the EU and the UK over a trade deal post-Brexit. Ms Adler added that the trade talks have not been drastically affected due to circumstances of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
The BBC’s Europe Editor said: “I think if you look at normal trade negotiations it is quite natural in round four of negotiations to expect drama and clashes but then there would normally be time for everybody to calm down.
“I think what is not normal about these negotiations is first of all trade negotiations are generally about bringing sides closer together.
“These negotiations are actually pulling the UK and the EU further apart after us having been members of the EU.
“COVID-19 have made it far from normal, negotiations have faltered because of it, they have been delayed.
“Now the negotiations are taking place screen to screen instead of face to face which means when there are real clashes you can’t have that walk around the block to try and untangle them.
“Also, the timetable means there is not a lot of time to work out sticking points between the two sides.
“This month is the last moment the EU and UK can say that we need to talk past the end of this year.”
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