By Tony Winterburn •
Published: 07 Dec 2020 • 20:37
BORIS JOHNSON and Ursula von der Leyen Arrange to Meet to Keep Brexit Deal Alive.
Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen kept hopes of a Brexit trade deal on the table tonight after the PM offered the EU commissioner a last-minute olive branch by dropping his controversial plans to override the divorce terms. The PM and the EU commission chief apparently ‘took stock’ of the tense negotiations in a 40-minute call and agreed to meet in person in Brussels ‘in the coming days’.
A joint statement read, quote: ‘We agreed that the conditions for finalising an agreement are not there due to the remaining significant differences on three critical issues: level playing field, governance and fisheries. We asked our Chief Negotiators and their teams to prepare an overview of the remaining differences to be discussed in a physical meeting in Brussels in the coming days.’
A breakthrough was announced on Sunday, December 6, regards the ‘hot topic’ of fishing rights. This has always been considered a major hurdle in the Brexit talks, experts believe a deal is now possible now that the sticking point has been overcome.
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