No10 has stoked fears that drama over a Brexit deal could drag on past Christmas – despite Boris Johnson ’s showdown tonight. The Prime Minister will have dinner in Brussels with EU chief Ursula von der Leyen in a last-ditch bid to reach a trade deal. But Downing Street suggested the pair are unlikely to seal a deal tonight. Instead talks are expected to continue between the two chief negotiators in “the coming days” if the PM doesn’t call the whole thing off. No10 today refused to rule out the possibility of talks extending beyond Christmas Day, right up until the December 31 deadline. Two UK sources told the Mirror they believed trade negotiations would not go beyond December 25. But a source admitted ratifying the deal – which means signing it off in the UK and European Parliaments – could happen in that final week before New Year. Asked if he could rule out negotiations stretching beyond Christmas Day, the PM’s official spokesman said only they should conclude “by the end of the year”. He also refused to rule out asking the UK Parliament – whose recess dates still haven’t been announced – to sit in the week between… Read full this story
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