Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been scheduled to meet with European Commission President tomorrow in Brussels as both leaders desperately have to find a solution to the outstanding issues hindering a Brexit trade deal.
Both leaders will hold the talk over dinner. Their discussion will border on fishing rights, fair competition and state aid regulations which are the key issues holding back the negotiation from reaching a deal.
The decision for Boris Johnson to travel to Brussels comes after his phone conversation with the Commission President last night ended with an agreement that a face to face meeting would be the best to try reaching a deal… considering that time is fast running out.
Before the meeting in Brussels tomorrow, David Frost will this evening brief Mr Johnson on how far talks have gone and what area needs the most attention.
“The PM will travel to Brussels tomorrow for dinner with VDL to continue discussions on the future relationship between the UK and the EU,” a spokesperson for Mr Johnson said.
Meanwhile, Ursula von der Leyen tweeted, “I look forward to welcoming UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tomorrow evening. We will continue our discussion on the Partnership Agreement.”
It’s expected that both sides will work hard tomorrow to clinch a deal considering that the transition period will come to an end in a few weeks from today, but Mr Johnson said he’s ready to return to Britain empty-handed if Brussels refuse to step back on its demands.
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson hinted in the morning, “There are just limits beyond which no sensible, independent government or country could go and people have got to understand that,” while adding that, progress “on a deal was proving very, very difficult” but he hoped the EU would see the “power of sweet reason”.
Responding to a question bordering on the possibility of a deal without the EU dropping its demand, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said, “We’ve been clear on our negotiating position around the need for any agreement to respect our sovereignty. That remains the case.
“The purpose of the in-person meeting will be to see if there is a political way through. It remains the Prime Minister’s ambition to reach a free trade agreement.”