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Wed Dec 23, 2020, 11:26 AM

Brexit trade deal imminent, may come Wednesday - senior EU diplomat (Reuters)

DECEMBER 23, 20207:46 AM

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A trade deal between Britain and the European Union is imminent and could be agreed as early as Wednesday evening, a senior EU diplomat said.

The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said EU member states would have to approve a provisional application of the deal with effect from Jan. 1 because there is not enough time for it to be ratified by the European Parliament.

No more at link (just a short blurb): https://in.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu-diplomat/brexit-trade-deal-imminent-may-come-wednesday-senior-eu-diplomat-idUSKBN28X1SC

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Mike 03 Dec 2020 OP
muriel_volestrangler Dec 2020 #1

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Wed Dec 23, 2020, 08:48 PM

1. Brexit trade and security deal with EU within 'touching distance', says No 10

A post-Brexit trade and security treaty with the European Union is within “touching distance”, Downing Street said on Wednesday night as Boris Johnson prepared to unveil his hard-fought Christmas Eve deal.

The prime minister is expected to announce the terms of the agreement following a final call with the European commission president Ursula von der Leyen – but the two sides battled deep into the night to gain a last-minute advantage.

A press conference planned for early on Wednesday night did not go ahead as the two sides had needed further time to nail down the details which will include unprecedented provisions for zero tariffs or quotas on all goods.

Johnson is expected to address the nation through a press conference early on Christmas Eve. Just after 11pm, the prime minister briefed the cabinet about the breakthrough, telling them he would need their help in selling the deal which he claimed respected the sovereignty of both sides.


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