Barnier summons EU 27 for urgent early-morning Brexit briefing TOMORROW as talks on brink

Barnier summons EU 27 for urgent early-morning Brexit briefing TOMORROW as talks on brink

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has been in London over the weekend for crucial talks ahead of the end of the transition period on December 31. But fishing rights and state aid remain sticking points within negotiations.

And now, two diplomatic sources revealed Mr Barnier will hold an urgent meeting tomorrow morning to discuss the latest in trade talks.

While a no deal outcome is looking more and more likely, Micheal Gove, the cabinet minister responsible for the divorce deal, said an agreement was close.

But he warned the EU would have to live up to its responsibilities.

When asked if a no deal scenario was closer than anyone will admit, he told ITV today: “It’s certainly the case that there is a chance that we may not get a negotiated outcome.

“That’s why it’s important business prepares for all eventualities, but I very much want a deal and I believe that we can secure one.”

Mr Gove repeated an earlier predication of a 66 precent probability of a deal with the EU.

This comes after a French official said Britain needs to clarify its positions and “really negotiate” and warned the EU would not accept a “substandard deal”.

More to follow…

Published at Tue, 01 Dec 2020 21:38:00 +0000