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

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EU MEMBER STATES have been told to be ready for a meeting tomorrow as a Brexit deal is said to be “imminent”.

By Richard Percival Wed, Dec 23, 2020

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The European Commission has told member states to be ready for a meeting on Thursday (Image: GETTY)

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. Negotiations between Lord Frost and Michel Barnier are ongoing in what is expected to be the final day of talks before Christmas. 

Trending meanwhile

The UK and the EU remain divided over competition and fishing as both sides attempt to secure a Brexit trade deal in time to avoid a split at the end of the transition period. 

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.

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

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

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Lord Frost is currently undertaking Brexit talks with Michel Barnier (Image: Getty)

A Whitehall source close to the negotiations told Express.co.uk appeared to be “upbeat” today expressing hopes for a deal to be secured.

But they made clear “divisions” still remained and aspects remained “difficult.” 

“We are getting closer” the source concluded. 

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

READ MORE: Boris could secure Brexit deal by TONIGHT

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

One EU diplomat said a deal was “pretty much there” whilst another stressed a deal was “imminent”. 

Irish Taoiseach Michel Martin raised the prospect of EU officials working on the text of a Brexit deal on Christmas Day if there was not a breakthrough by then.

Mr. Martin said EU leaders were on “standby” to endorse any agreement that might emerge from the intense negotiations between both sides.

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He said: “If you had a breakthrough tonight or tomorrow officials in Europe could be working Christmas Day on the text.”

Mr. Martin stressed the talks were “all down to fish” and significant differences remained.

It is expected a deal, however, may not be ratified in time before the end of the transition period with EU member states expecting to approve a provisional application of any deal with effect from January 1st.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson said he would recall the House of Commons to allow MPs to have a vote on any agreement before it came into force.

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EU MEMBER STATES have been told to be ready for a meeting tomorrow as a Brexit deal is said to be “imminent”.

By Richard Percival Wed, Dec 23, 2020

Brexit news
https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1375757/Brexit-news-Boris-Johnson-latest-Michel-Barnier-EU-trade-deal-talks-update-fishing
The European Commission has told member states to be ready for a meeting on Thursday (Image: GETTY)

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. Negotiations between Lord Frost and Michel Barnier are ongoing in what is expected to be the final day of talks before Christmas. 

Trending meanwhile

The UK and the EU remain divided over competition and fishing as both sides attempt to secure a Brexit trade deal in time to avoid a split at the end of the transition period. 

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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.

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

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

Brexit talks

Lord Frost is currently undertaking Brexit talks with Michel Barnier (Image: Getty)

A Whitehall source close to the negotiations told Express.co.uk appeared to be “upbeat” today expressing hopes for a deal to be secured.

But they made clear “divisions” still remained and aspects remained “difficult.” 

“We are getting closer” the source concluded. 

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

READ MORE: Boris could secure Brexit deal by TONIGHT

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Brexit talks are ongoing today (Image: Express Newspapers )

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

One EU diplomat said a deal was “pretty much there” whilst another stressed a deal was “imminent”. 

Irish Taoiseach Michel Martin raised the prospect of EU officials working on the text of a Brexit deal on Christmas Day if there was not a breakthrough by then.

Mr. Martin said EU leaders were on “standby” to endorse any agreement that might emerge from the intense negotiations between both sides.

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Boris Johnson said any trade deal should respect “UK sovereignty” (Image: Getty)

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He said: “If you had a breakthrough tonight or tomorrow officials in Europe could be working Christmas Day on the text.”

Mr. Martin stressed the talks were “all down to fish” and significant differences remained.

It is expected a deal, however, may not be ratified in time before the end of the transition period with EU member states expecting to approve a provisional application of any deal with effect from January 1st.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson said he would recall the House of Commons to allow MPs to have a vote on any agreement before it came into force.

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