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Davis to Go to Brussels for Brexit Talks Before Crunch Summit

David Davis

Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Brexit Secretary David Davis will go to Brussels on Sunday for talks on issues including the transition arrangement that businesses are keen to pin down.

Davis’s team are in negotiations with their EU counterparts on the transition -- the two year grace period that’s due to come into effect after Brexit day -- and the divorce agreement. Davis will join them on Sunday and have a meeting with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday, he told BBC Newsnight, according to a transcript from his office.

The U.K. has said an agreement on the transition is near, and it wants to get it signed off at a summit of EU leaders on March 22-23. Businesses say it’s crucial to get it done now to give them time to plan, and avoid having to move jobs and investment elsewhere.

Davis has avoided trips to Brussels this year after high-profile negotiating rounds last year tended to end in uncomfortable public appearances with his counterpart Barnier. Traveling to Brussels will be seen as an indication that a deal on transition is close to being sealed.

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