Michel Barnier denies reports that divorce bill has been agreed as diplomats in Brussels prepare to scrutinise UK proposal

Michel Barnier, the European chief Brexit negotiator, has said he expects to announce to the EU within days that an agreement on financial issues has been reached with Britain.

“We are working really, really hard on these subjects,” Barnier told the Berlin Security Conference, adding when the European council meets in two weeks’ time, “I hope that I can report that … we have been able to negotiate a deal and that we have reached a very important step in our relationship.”

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