German Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated that Brexit talks may be improving after months of deadlock as she called on both sides to move forward so that a deal can be reached by year-end.

Merkel reinforced her confidence in the process saying there was “zero indication” that Brexit talks will not succeed and that she now “truly” expects a beneficial deal rather than an “unpredictable resolution”.

Despite this, the German Chancellor conceded that “both sides need to move” to break the Brexit deadlock and said for the first time that the “ball” is in the European Union’s court as both sides gear up to discuss details of future trade.

U.K. prime minister, Theresa May was equally upbeat about the prospect of reaching a good deal and said negotiating teams would continue to work through the process.

“We’re going through them line-by-line and we will continue to go through them line-by-line, and the British taxpayer wouldn’t expect its government to do anything else,” May said while at a European summit in Brussels.

 

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