A Brexit trade deal seems to be imminent. Officials are expecting a result this weekend, barring any last-minute breakdowns in the talks. Still, it was a difficult day of negotiations in London following months of deadlock.
As France threatened to veto a bad deal, European Council president Charles Michel said the UK had “choices to make” over the final stalling points. UK ministers in turn insisted the EU must recognise the UK’s sovereignty.
EU sources dismissed UK claims that the bloc was “bringing new elements to the table at the eleventh hour”, insisting that the same sticking points seen since February remain ; those of fishing rights, state aid and governance.
With just days left to secure a deal, Boris Johnson’s government announced it will bring two bills in possible violation of the Brexit withdrawal agreement before the Commons next week.
According to The Independent, Michel Barnier has reportedly told EU envoys such a breach of trust would plunge the talks into irreparable “crisis”.