Brexit deadlock breaks as Angela Merkel meets Theresa May and hails ‘good progress’

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ANGELA Merkel yesterday hailed “good progress” on Brexit talks after months of stonewalling Theresa May.

The German Chancellor ditched previous demands that the PM deal only with Brussels and met her for a private chat on the fringes of the informal EU summit in Estonia.

 The meeting came in a marked contrast to a similar summit in February where Germany snubbed the PM

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The meeting came in a marked contrast to a similar summit in February where Germany snubbed the PM

She also called on EU negotiators to settle thorny rights issues with Britain “at the earliest opportunity”.

Mrs May was snubbed by Germany for a one-on-one meeting in February.

She also urged Brussels to “come forward” with concessions after her Florence Brexit speech last week.

EU Commission chief Jean- Claude Juncker said it would be a miracle if trade talks begin on schedule at the end of October.

As the Sun revealed yesterday, all sides are now eyeing the end of November.

 Angela Merkel had a private chat with the PM in Estonia

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Angela Merkel had a private chat with the PM in Estonia
 Merkel has thawed tensions over Brexit between the two nations

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Merkel has thawed tensions over Brexit between the two nations

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also said it was not yet time to “make that call”.

But the good news abroad was marred by news Britain’s economy is exhibiting a “notable slowdown”, according to official stats.

Figures revealed that year-on-year second-quarter growth rose at a slower pace than previously thought.

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