November 23, 2020

Brexit breakthrough: Frost tells Boris Johnson to expect deal NEXT WEEK – Daily Express

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Mr Frost and Mr Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, have been holding trade agreement talks in London as the Brexit deadline draws near. But the UK’s deal broker has told the Prime Minister he can expect the terms of trade deal by “early next week”. It comes after Mr Frost warned the EU that the Prime Minister’s former advisor Dominic Cummings’ departure “changes nothing” for the UK’s tactics in negotiations.

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Mr Frost has pointed to a “possible landing zone” for a Brexit deal according to The Sun.

Number 10 admitted that “key elements of the draft text are not agreed”, but stressed that the “Government is united behind the negotiation position.”

Last week, Mr Johnson said “there is a deal to be done” with the EU, and remained optimistic the UK will leave the bloc with an agreement.

But their report also holds that talks could still collapse over red line issues such as fishing and state aid rules.

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Brexit news: Boris Johnson and Michel Barnier

Brexit news: Boris Johnson has been told to expect an EU trade deal by ‘early next week’ (Image: GETTY)

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Brexit news: The UK leaves the EU on December 31st (Image: EXPRESS)

Sources close to Downing Street have also said the Prime Minister is the “hardest in the room” over Brexit issues.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Business Secretary Alok Sharma were also cited in the report as telling the Prime Minister to give on the issues.

Micheal Gove has also reportedly told ministers no deal with the EU will lead to Scotland leaving the UK.

A Government source also told the Sun: “It’s not a secret that the Treasury has always been anti-No Deal and Michael Gove has concerns about the Union.”

Brexit news: Michel Barnier in London

Brexit news: Michel Barnier and David Frost are in London finalising terms for a trade deal (Image: PA)

Brexit news: David Frost in London

Brexit news: David Frost has previously warned the EU nothing changes on Brexit after Dominic Cummings lost his job (Image: PA)

Friends of the three ministers have told the publication the claims are false and they support the Prime Minister’s strategy.

It comes as EU chiefs have said they are ready to hold talks to deadline day for a Brexit deal, and are willing to consider a “creative solution”.

An EU diplomat also said to the Sun that the cut-off point for trade talks is New Year’s Eve, and revealed Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission president is more interested in the “quality” of the deal.

Previously it was reported that EU officials would need to agree the terms of a deal by mid-November to ratify any changes in European Parliament.

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It also comes as it was revealed a European parliament vote on Brexit could be delayed until December 28, three days before the end of the UK’s transition period.

Mr Barnier reportedly wanted to report positive news on a Nrexit deal to the bloc’s 27 heads of state on Thursday, but the timeline has slipped due to the deadlock.

Ireland’s foreign minister, Simon Coveney, said: “It’s not good … the negotiations are not in a good place when it comes to fishing.

“There hasn’t really been any success in closing the gap between the positions of either side and until we find a way of doing that there isn’t going to be an agreement, so we’re in the same place in fishing, as we were in mid-summer.

“Neither side really has budged from their position.“

Brexit news: Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels

Brexit news: Ursula von der Leyen and MEPS are said to be ready to go to the wire for trade talks (Image: PA)

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Brexit news: Reports claim MEPs could vote on Brexit deal as late as December 28th (Image: EXPRESS)

Mr Frost has recently warned the EU that the UK’s position has not changed on redline issues after Mr Cumming’s, a Vote Leave veteran beloved to be pushing Mr Johnson to a hard Brexit, lost his role last week.

He tweeted: “We are working to get a deal, but the only one that’s possible is one that is compatible with our sovereignty and takes back control of our laws, our trade, and our waters.

“That has been our consistent position from the start and I will not be changing it.”

Adam Fleming, BBC Newscast presenter, said of Mr Frost’s comments: “He’s saying to people if you think Dominic Cummings departure from the top table at No10 makes any difference to my negotiating strategy, no it does not.”