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Britain and the EU will resume talks on a post-Brexit trade deal on Friday despite a senior UK government source saying the prospect of a breakthrough is "receding".

Sources suggested Brussels had hardened its stance on how common rules and regulations should be enforced with time running out.

But an EU source told the BBC "there were never any surprises or new demands" from their side.

The current rules end on 31 December.

A senior UK government source told BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg that the EU team were "bringing new elements into the negotiation" at the "11th hour".

The source said a breakthrough was "still possible in the next few days but that prospect is receding".

Both sides are urgently seeking compromises in key areas, including fishing rights and competition rules.

An EU source told the BBC's political editor that talks were "extremely sluggish" around the so-called level playing field for competition rules and standards while another EU insider suggested the UK is "posturing".

Kuenssberg said both sides were suggesting to her that the real sticking point was over how those rules would be policed.

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The UK and EU have been locked in talks since March to determine their future relations once the UK's Brexit transition period ends in less than four weeks' time.

Takeaway food was seen being brought to the negotiating teams on Thursday evening as talks went on into the night.

The BBC's political editor said: "The stumbling blocks certainly aren't new, but the sense on the UK side is that talks have gone backwards 24 hours".

She added that there were "still real problems to solve".

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, is expected to return to Brussels on Friday to brief the bloc on the state of play, but Kuenssberg said he may come straight back to join the four new negotiators who arrived on Thursday night.