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A spokesman for the prime minister told reporters on Friday that the United Kingdom remains committed to making an agreement happen, adding, "we've been clear that we want to reach an FTA [Free Trade Agreement] as soon as possible - that has been our position throughout the negotiations and it remains our position." .
Mr Macron's ambassador told the European Commission this morning at a meeting of senior diplomats in Brussels that the deal had to be translated into French before it got to MEPs for scrutiny. "We may not succeed", Frost said on Sunday (15 NOvember).
The two sides have been engaged in intensified talks in recent weeks, with negotiating rounds alternating between London and Brussels.
Given the slow pace, talks were set to move to London next week, but a Covid-19 infection among the European Union negotiating team has cast doubt on when face-to-face meetings will resume.
The bloc previous year prepared for the divorce talks to break down without an agreement because of disagreements over the controversial Northern Ireland backstop.
Brexit talks are set to be extended into December after another round of wrangling ended without a breakthrough.
The UK's chief negotiator David Frost has said that the health of the British and European Union (EU) negotiating teams "comes first", as both sides have made a decision to suspend their post-Brexit talks after one member tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
However, the sources said that due to a lack of knowledge of how London's future state aid system would look, it would be hard to formulate rules for any regulators to follow.
In a sign of the progress made, the legal text of agreements on all topics except the three most contentious ones have been drafted.
So what are the compromises needed to reach a deal?
The blockages on the main sticking points were described as "philosophical", according to one insider.
Lord Frost said he was in "close contact" with Barnier about the situation.
An EU official hinted that Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen would have to make a "political decision" on whether to hold another round of talks.
"The negotiations are now running very late".
A second European Union diplomat said of the outstanding issues: 'They still need their time. He said talks would continue remotely and resume in person "as soon as it's safe to do so". A "no deal" finale to the Brexit crisis would shock financial markets and disrupt delicate supply chains that stretch across Europe and beyond - just as the economic hit from the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Barnier tested positive in March and Frost self-isolated that same month after developing coronavirus symptoms.
It would allow a negotiated deal to come into force on January 1, with a European Parliament vote confirming it in the new year.