EU diplomats reject Raab claim that Brexit talks are ‘closing in’ on deal

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EU diplomats reject Raab claim that Brexit talks are ‘closing in’ on deal

Minister’s comments on negotiations over Irish border problem seen as optimistic

Dominic Raab has surprised EU officials and diplomats by optimistically claiming the Brexit talks are “closing in” on a solution to the Irish border problem, following a 30-minute telephone conversation with Michel Barnier.

In an an article on Thursday, in which he had threatened to withhold the UK’s £39bn divorce bill, the British cabinet minister had told how he was looking forward to continuing negotiations with Barnier the following day.

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