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EU's top negotiator warns of possible delays to Brexit talks

BRUSSELS, July 27 (Reuters) - Talks between Britain and the European Union on their future relationship are now less likely to start in October, the EU's top negotiator has said, because of lack of progress on Brexit divorce issues so far, EU officials said.

The EU's top Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Wednesday briefed ambassadors from the 27 countries that will remain in the EU after Britain leaves in March 2019 on the outcome of the July round of the monthly divorce talks with London last week.

"He said the likelihood of starting the future relationship talks in October appeared to be decreasing," one EU official involved in the Brexit talks said.

(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski and Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Catherine Evans; Editing by Catherine Evans)