03:27 GMT21 October 2020
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    The European Commission will act as the chief Brexit negotiator under a draft deal that will be discussed by 27 EU leaders on Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, media reported that the European Commission was likely to lead the negotiations and that the EU members were looking for ways to thwart UK attempts to exploit the divisions between the bloc members.

    The United Kingdom will also be prevented from attempting to use divisions between EU states to secure better agreements, according to the draft deal, obtained by the SKY News outlet.

    On Thursday, 28 EU heads of state are set to meet in Brussels, and after the departure of UK Prime Minister Theresa May from the talks, the remaining 27 leaders will discuss the framework for Brexit negotiations.

    On December 9, Brexit Secretary David Davis was reported to have said privately that the United Kingdom was unlikely to retain access to the single market due to European Union's unwillingness to compromise on the freedom of movement, which the United Kingdom wants to curb, but it could sign trade deals similar to the Canada-EU agreement.

    In June, the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. Soon after the referendum, May said that the country would trigger the Article 50 of the EU Lisbon Treaty by the end of March 2017, thus beginning withdrawal negotiations.


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