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Brexit latest: Last-ditch talks TODAY as EU vows to ignore Boris deadline | Politics | News

Britain, the world’s sixth-biggest economy, left the EU in January and has since been locked in painstaking talks with the the Union. EU leaders will hold a summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to assess progress after Mr Johnson set a deadline for October 15 for a deal to be reached before the transition period ends on December 31.

But pressure is mounting after the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the two sides are yet to make a significant breakthrough throwing doubt over whether Mr Johnson’s looming deadline will be met.

The Prime Minister will speak to the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen this afternoon as his deadline for progress in post-Brexit trade talks draws near.

But understands Mr Barnier and the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David First will actually announce a “deal in principle or a pathway to a deal” instead on Thursday and will continue with talks until a legal text is drafted.

November 3 could be the final day when the legal text is ready for ratification.


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