Brexit deal latest: Barnier holds breath as deal sent to London for Cabinet approval


The European Fusion’s chief negotiator will be carefully watching Westminster tomorrow when the Prime Parson hosts a Cabinet meeting to sign off on a Brexit withdrawal text corresponded in the Belgian capital today. A spokesman for Mr Barnier said the latest in the compacts had been set out earlier by European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans who suggested that while the talks were making progress “we are not there yet”. The spokesman added:”The UK chest-on-chest will meet tomorrow. We will take stock at the midday presser.”

Nonetheless, Mr Timmermans’ comments came before the news from Downing Thoroughfare that technical talks have once again gone as far as they can in Brussels.

A affirmation by Downing Street said: “Cabinet will meet at 2pm tomorrow to believe the draft agreement the negotiating teams have reached in Brussels, and to commit oneself to on next steps. Cabinet Ministers have been invited to pore over documentation ahead of that meeting.”

Earlier this afternoon, Mr Timmermans guessed: “Very intense negotiations are ongoing. It is clear that although we are making broaden, we are not there yet.

“We also discussed a number of issues related to our no-deal diagraming. You have to do that anyway. We are working very hard for deal and let be disburden that is by far our preferred option. But we need to prepare for all options.”

Mrs May will collect individual Cabinet members tonight to discuss the proposals with them one by one.

She will then host a Cabinet meeting tomorrow, where she ambitions to seal the deal.

Once the deal is agreed in London it will go back to Brussels, and EU officials will decide whether to host a distinguished summit to conclude the agreement.

A senior European Commission official authenticated there are now proposals for the Prime Minister to consider but there is no agreement until she vouchsafes the go-ahead.

The source said: “There are proposals but nothing is agreed until she agrees it.”

Commenting on the land of talks, they added “There’s a blackout” on talks of the deal in Brussels.

In the meantime, an EU27 emissaries meeting has been called for Wednesday afternoon to discuss the ‘new state of flexibility’ in the Brexit negotiations. understands a meeting of EU27 ambassadors has been rescheduled to tomorrow afternoon in the wake of the unveilings.

Officials were due to discuss no-deal preparedness but this has now changed to a glory of play briefing by one of EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and his team.

An EU diplomat published “The ball is is London’s court now, we will know more tomorrow.”

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