By Tony Winterburn • 18 December 2020 • 9:01
Boris Johnson Asks EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen To Help Clear Two Remaining Brexit Hurdles.
Boris Johnson has urged Ursula von der Leyen to help him clear two final hurdles to a Brexit trade deal in the hopes an agreement could be struck this weekend. The Prime Minister told the European Commission president that a deal can be done if Brussels gives ground on fish and state subsidies, as MEPs set a new deadline of this Sunda, December 20.
The PM said discussions are in a “serious situation” and a no-deal scenario was “very likely” unless the EU position changed “substantially”. Mrs von der Leyen said bridging “big differences”, particularly on fishing rights, would be “very challenging”. Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove, however, has claimed the odds on an agreement were “less than 50pc”.
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