AFP: Barnier says 'decisive progress' made towards Brexit deal14 November 2018 | 23:22 | FOCUS News Agency
His comments came after British Prime Minister Theresa May won the support of her cabinet for a draft divorce deal with the EU.
Under Barnier's mandate, if he reports to member states that such progress has been made, the president of the European Council Donald Tusk can then call an extraordinary summit.
Tusk and Barnier are due to address reporters together at 0710 GMT on Thursday. Officials have previously said that a summit could be held as early as November 25.
Separately, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted that he had sent Tusk a letter recommending that he "find that decisive progress has been made in the negotiations on the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union."
This would appear to clear the way for a November summit, which in turn would give May a window to seek parliamentary approval of the deal before Brexit day on March 29.
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