Diplomats and officials hinted the EU and UK are now haggling over the final compromises. One EU official said: “We are in the end phase now.” UK Brexit envoy Lord Frost and the EU’s Stephanie Riso, a key aide to Ursula von der Leyen, are said to be currently working together in a bid to strike a deal.
One EU diplomat told Express.co.uk this could mean an announcement is made by “tonight”.
UK sources have not ruled out that a deal can be reached by this evening.
The EU and UK are understood to be closing in on a fishing agreement after the intervention of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Commission President Ursual von der Leyen.
EU ambassadors have been told to prepare for a special meeting to start the ratification process.
Diplomats are already going through some of the 2,000 pages already agreed by EU and UK negotiators.
Mrs von der Leyen and Mr Johnson have been in constant contact over the last 72 hours in an attempt to hammer out a compromise.
The EU boss was said to be so keen to strike a deal she has been lobbying hardline EU coastal states to back concessions.