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Brexit secretary to meet EU's chief negotiator

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay is to hold talks with the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, later. It comes after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said a new Brexit deal could still be reached before the 31 October deadline. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he did not want to "exaggerate progress" but some was being made. However, Ireland's foreign minister, Simon Coveney, said there was still a "big gap" between the two sides. Ahead of the meeting in Brussels, Mr Barclay warned the EU against a "rigid" approach and suggested the final details of an alternative to the Irish backstop may not need to be resolved until the end of 2020.The backstop is the controversial policy aimed at preventing the return of a ...