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Speaking to the European Parliament, Ms von der Leyen said that while she could not say whether or not there would be a deal, “there is a way to a deal now” and the next few days will be critical.
“We have found a way forward on most issues, but two issues remain unanswered: equal opportunities and the catch,” said von der Leyen.
“I am happy to report that the governance issues are now largely resolved. The next few days will be decisive. ”
However, a British official reportedly told Reuters the two sides remain “very distant in key areas” and that despite some progress, the deal is “still not here”. CNBC was unable to independently verify the report.
The pound sterling climbed 0.4% against the dollar following the remarks, breaking the $ 1.35 barrier for the first time since May 2018. The euro also gained 0.45% against the greenback to exceed $ 1.22 for the first time since April 2018.