December 8, 2017 / 9:15 AM / 10 months ago

EU negotiator says British withdrawal deal must be ready by Oct. 2018

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain’s withdrawal agreement from the European Union must be ready by October, the bloc’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday as London and the 27 remaining states sealed a deal to move their negotiations forward.

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier attends the Berlin Security Conference on European Security and Defence in Berlin, Germany, November 29, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

“We will need to have the final version of the withdrawal agreement ready by October 2018, in less than one year,” Barnier told a news conference.

Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska and Alastair Macdonald; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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