The olive department got here after the 2 sides reached an settlement on the implementation of the Brexit divorce deal as the tip of the transition interval approaches.
Brussels’ chief negotiator Michel Barnier reportedly warned EU overseas ministers that he believes a no-deal departure is extra possible than a commerce settlement.
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Boris Johnson leaves for Brussels together with his prime negotiator David Frost
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves on the media as he leaves 10 Downing Road together with his well-known pink briefcase.
The Prime Minister will fly to Brussels for dinner with European Fee president Ursula von der Leyen with the negotiations in disaster and time working out.
Johnson – UK-EU ‘deal nonetheless there to be completed’ however Brussels’ calls for unacceptable
Mr Johnson mentioned at PMQs earlier: “Our mates within the EU are at present insisting that in the event that they move a brand new regulation sooner or later with which we on this nation don’t comply or don’t observe swimsuit, then they need the automated proper to punish us and to retaliate.
“Secondly, they’re saying that the UK ought to be the one nation on this planet to not have sovereign management over its fishing waters.
“I don’t imagine that these are phrases that any prime minister of this nation ought to settle for.”
Delays to be anticipated at ports because of Christmas, Covid and Brexit
A spokesman for DP World’s UK operations mentioned: “The confluence of Covid, seasonal commerce and Brexit is inserting comprehensible stress on the UK port community.
“Our groups at London Gateway and Southampton are working tirelessly to handle the extra visitors by means of our ports whereas sustaining our excessive customer support requirements.”
Time working out to save lots of UK, Johnson warned by ex-PM and mayors
Former prime minister Gordon Brown and a band of regional English mayors have written to Boris Johnson to induce him to “save” the Union by handing out higher powers to its nations.
The politicians have warned the Prime Minister that “time is quick working out” to maintain the UK intact and argued that the way in which to guard it was to create a extra federal Britain.
Mr Brown mentioned the letter, coordinated by Sheffield Metropolis Area mayor Dan Jarvis and backed by his London counterpart Sadiq Khan, Higher Manchester’s Andy Burnham and Liverpool’s Steve Rotheram, ought to function a “wake-up name for us all”.
Within the letter, the politicians mentioned: “The UK is in nice hazard.
“Current polls present a transparent development in direction of Scots shedding religion within the Union and a majority of Britons imagine the UK is heading for break-up.
“That ought to be a clamorous wake-up name for us to look at the established order.”
Practically half of small corporations to chop jobs amid Brexit and Covid woes
Practically half of Britain’s 5.9 million small corporations anticipate to chop jobs by the point the furlough scheme ends as they brace for Brexit to compound coronavirus woes, based on a survey.
A report by software program firm Sage has recommended that 45% of small companies are planning to make additional redundancies earlier than furlough assist involves an in depth in March – and 20% will axe jobs as quickly as this month.
One in three corporations surveyed from the retail sector warned over job losses, however this rose to 1 in two for these in monetary companies and healthcare.
With the year-end Brexit deadline looming massive, the research confirmed the pressure small corporations are already below from the coronavirus disaster as greater than half – 53% – proceed to function at a loss.
Sage is asking for further assist for the small enterprise sector, with Christmas not anticipated to offer the same old end-of-year increase and Brexit simply across the nook.
Its report discovered 47% anticipate to see revenues stay the identical for December, whereas greater than a fifth – 21% – of the 662 small enterprise leaders polled forecast a decline year-on-year.
In an additional signal of the pressure the EU withdrawal is inserting on the embattled small enterprise sector, a separate report indicators that just about half (47%) concern they won’t be able to adjust to rules after Brexit.
Our sketch from PMQs
Joe Murphy imagines the scene in Le Berlaymont as Ursula von der Leyen watches PMQs
We’ll vote within the nationwide curiosity if a Brexit deal is secured, says Starmer
The Labour chief urged the Prime Minister to ship the deal he promised, claimed his “incompetence has held Britain again” and pleaded for “this charade” to finish and “permit the nation to maneuver on”.
Mr Johnson used their exchanges at Prime Minister’s Inquiries to try to tease out how Sir Keir would vote on any settlement between the UK and EU on the long run relationship past the tip of the transition interval on December 31.
He accused Sir Keir of “silence” on the matter and claimed the UK will turn out to be a “magnet for abroad funding” whether or not there’s a deal or not.
Talking within the Commons, Sir Keir mentioned: “The Prime Minister requested me how I’ll vote on a deal that he hasn’t even secured – safe the deal Prime Minister, you promised it.
“I’ll say this: if there’s a deal, and I hope there’s a deal, then my occasion will vote within the nationwide curiosity – not on occasion political traces, as he’s doing.”
Michael Gove mentioned the world is “trying on in admiration” on the NHS.
The SNP’s Patrick Grady (Glasgow North) mentioned: “I’m simply questioning, if Brexit is shaping as much as be so successful, why is it that four-and-a-half years after the referendum no different European nation is looking for to observe the UK out the door?”
Mr Gove replied: “What a outstanding rewriting of historical past.
“I believe it’s the case… simply yesterday I used to be watching CNN and I noticed a tremendous man, a 91-year-old gentleman known as Martin Kenyon, one of many first folks on this planet to be vaccinated. And he was vaccinated right here in the UK.
“And it’s due to the UK’s excellent regulatory work, due to our vaccines taskforce, due to our NHS, due to our Well being Secretary that the primary folks on this planet to be vaccinated have been right here in the UK.
“And there are vaccines in Scotland because of the UK and the remainder of the world is trying on in admiration at our British NHS.”
Dr Liam Fox asks if there shall be any direct software of EU regulation to any a part of the UK
He mentioned: “I do congratulate (Michael Gove) on reaching his settlement in precept which exhibits that Britain is keen to make constructive compromises.
“Can he inform us because it now stands, is there any a part of the Withdrawal Settlement that requires direct software of EU regulation to any a part of the UK?”
Mr Gove responded: “Sure, it’s the case that because of among the provisions inside the Northern Eire Protocol, that will probably be the case that there shall be a requirement on some companies in Northern Eire particularly to observe the acquis.
“And that is without doubt one of the methods during which we will make sure that there is no such thing as a want for border infrastructure between Eire and Northern Eire.”
Downing Road stresses progress have to be made on the dinner between Boris Johnson and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman mentioned: “David Frost and his group yesterday took a while to organize particulars of the areas the place there are points excellent.
“It will likely be these essential points which can be mentioned tonight after which following that we should see how these talks go.
“If progress will be made at a political degree this will likely permit Lord Frost and his negotiating group to renew talks within the coming days.”