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    Earlier in the day, the Associated Press reported that European Union ministers are set to approve a tough mandate for negotiations with the United Kingdom over the trade deal.

    The Foreign Affairs Council convened in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, including legislative work in 2020, multiannual programming for the commission's term and the next steps in the EU-UK relationship. 

    The meeting comes nearly a month after the UK finally divorced the EU thus paving the way for trade talks between the two parties.

    While the EU foreign ministers have reportedly agreed on taking a tougher stance in the negotiation process amid concerns that the UK could become a trade giant at the bloc's borders, London hopes to finalise the talks before the end of the year.

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