PMQs LIVE: Boris faces huge Commons clash before racing to Brussels – Starmer in isolation

PMQs LIVE: Boris faces huge Commons clash before racing to Brussels – Starmer in isolation

The Labour leader will be quizzing the Prime Minister remotely after he came into contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus. The exchange comes on the same day Mr Johnson will discuss the deadlock in trade negotiations with the EU.

Following the weekly grilling, the Prime Minister will this evening head to Brussels for dinner with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

The pair are hoping to find a breakthrough on fishing rights, governance and fair competition in a bid to secure a trade pact.

Negotiations have been the centre of attention all week, with chances of securing a deal on a knife-edge.

There are just days left to secure a deal if it is to have time to be implemented before the end of the transition period on December 31.

Sir Keir is yet to say whether the Labour Party will back any trade agreement brokered by the Conservatives with the EU.

The last-minute negotiations on Brexit trade come in the same week the UK opened a new chapter in the coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday the first jabs were administered to Brits in a sign of a beginning to the end of COVID-19.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said millions would have been given the vaccine by the end of the year.

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11.30am update: Half an hour to go

In 30 minutes Boris Johnson will enter the Commons for his weekly clash with Keir Starmer and take questions from MPs.

Prime Ministers usually spend hours practising for the occasion, going over the detail of any questions that could be asked and coming up with jokes to make at their opposite number’s expense.

But with a crunch meeting on Brexit in Brussels this evening, Mr Johnson might have been a bit pre-occupied today when prepping for sparring in the Commons.

Published at Wed, 09 Dec 2020 11:31:14 +0000