No visible progress yet on key day for final Brexit deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — One of the most intense days in the long-running Brexit trade negotiations has produced few signs of progress and gloomy forecasts. The United Kingdom and the European Union on Monday seemed still stuck on the same issues that have dogged the standoff for months. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier held a  pre-dawn briefing with ambassadors of the 27 member states to see if a deal is still possible with London ahead of the Dec. 31 deadline, but had no news of a breakthrough. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen will speak later as they decide whether to pull the plug on talks, a move that could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs on both sides.