BORIS Johnson is set to make an announcement on a Brexit trade deal this morning following crunch talks with the EU.
The PM is expected to address the nation as negotiators from both sides pore over the small print through the night.
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Boris Johnson will announce a UK-EU trade deal this morning[/caption]
What time is Boris’ Brexit announcement?
While the government has not given an exact time for the announcement, it is understood that a press conference will take place this morning.
European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer said talks on a post-Brexit trade deal would continue overnight.
He said: “Work will continue throughout the night. Grabbing some sleep is recommended to all Brexit-watchers at this point.
“It will hopefully be an early start tomorrow morning…”
Why did talks stall?
British and EU negotiators were hoping to shake on the 2,000 page accord yesterday – but progress was held up by a row about electric cars.
The UK had wanted to allow British manufacturers to use imported Chinese batteries in electric cars shipped to the continent.
However Brussels said this was unacceptable, as they’re planning a ban on the use of all power units from abroad starting in 2027.
EU diplomats said the Commission had “space to move” on the issue and it was very unlikely to prove a dealbreaker.
Boris Johnson and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen have been in regular contact to thrash out an agreement over the last hurdles[/caption]
Meanwhile, talks over a fisheries compromise gathered pace yesterday and EU officials told member states to prepare for a meeting this morning if a deal was signed off.
One UK source said yesterday: “No white smoke just yet but they turned up with matches today.”
Another source added: “We’re not far off”.
Boris Johnson and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen have been in regular contact to thrash out an agreement over the last hurdles.
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The pair set up a direct hotline between Downing St and the EU HQ “part and parcel” of the final stretch of negotiations.
And Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said yesterday that a possible deal could be inked out on Christmas Day if it is signed off today.
He told the media: “If you had a breakthrough tonight or tomorrow, officials in Europe could be working Christmas Day on the text.”