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Boris Johnson’s FINAL Brexit deadline set as last-ditch talks agreed to secure EU deal

Updated: 21 Oct 2020

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BORIS Johnson warned a Brexit trade deal must be sealed in a “very short” time, as talks with the EU resumed after a week-long standoff.

The Daily Express understands EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and British counterpart Lord Frost have just three weeks to reach an agreement, which must then be approved by Parliament and European nations. Key sticking points remain fishing rights, the governance of any deal and the “level playing field” aimed at preventing unfair competition, including state subsidies.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said yesterday: “In terms of the timeframe, I think what I would say is that time is now very short. We have been repeatedly clear that any agreement needs to be in place before the end of the transition period.

“It is obviously for the EU to determine the length of time it needs for ratification.”

Confirming talks would take place in the UK and on the Continent in the coming weeks, the spokesman said, and “after this initial phase they will hopefully continue to be in person alternating between London and Brussels”.

Read the full story in the Express, published on Fri 23, Oct 2020