Ursula von der Leyen tells EU nations to prepare for urgent Brexit deal meeting TOMORROW

Brexit: Current deal ‘doesn’t respect us’ says Robert Jenrick

The UK and EU have been closing in on a deal in recent days, with hopes both sides can overcome the contentious issues of the so-called level playing field, and fisheries. With just days until the end of the transition period, the European Commission has told member states to be ready for a meeting on Thursday, if a deal is finalised today, according to EU sources.

 

The UK and the EU remained divided over competition and fishing as both sides try to clinch a Brexit trade deal in time to avoid a turbulent split at the end of the year.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen are in close contact in an effort to resolve remaining difficulties.

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator said they were making a “final push” to reach a deal and it was a “crucial moment”.

Express.co.uk also understands European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister Boris Johnson are expected to hold another call on a trade deal later today ahead of the crucial meeting.

 

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Both politicians spoke on Monday in a bid to close the gaps over fishing.

The coordination between both sides was a change of tone from Mr Johnson after claiming that the most likely outcome is failure to reach a deal, with the UK then relying on World Trade Organisation terms – meaning tariffs and quotas on trade with the EU.

His colleague, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said he was “reasonably optimistic” that a late deal will be agreed before the current trading arrangements expire at the end of the month.

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