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Maros Sefcovic and Lord Frost will hold talks today in what is the seventh week of negotiations. Despite the intensive talks between the two sides, British officials have insisted any agreement to resolve issues surrounding the Northern Ireland protocol will not be agreed on Friday. Indeed, British officials have revealed a separate agreement on medicine supplies will not be found between the two, Politico reports. 

The EU has pledged to allow the UK to be the main regulator for medicines but Lord Frost has insisted the majority of checks on goods and the role of the European Court of Justice must be removed from the protocol. 

If no deal is agreed, Mr Sefcovic claimed the EU may move unilaterally on medicines. 

Mr Sefcovic said this week: “I know time is running out and I will push again this Friday in the discussion with Lord Frost to solve this matter.

“At the same time, I also have to be very, very clear that we are ready to move on our own if that should be not possible to push at this stage on the joint approach.”

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    Brexit talks are set to continue into next week as Lord Frost gets tough with the EU

    Brexit talks will extend into next week as British officials warn a deal to solve issues surrounding the Northern Ireland protocol, will not be agreed on Friday. 

    Lord Frost and Maros Sefcovic will meet on Friday to discuss matters but it is thought any new deal on the Northern Ireland protocol will not be agreed. 

    One British official claimed the two sides remain far apart on a host of issues, including on medicine supplies to Northern Ireland, Politico understands. 

    The two sides have not ruled out meeting for in-person talks next week. 

    If no deal on customs checks, medicines supplies and the role of the European Court of Justice is found, Lord Frost warned the UK will trigger article 16 of the protocol. 

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