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Brexit news latest – Coronavirus vaccines to be flown into UK by military planes after Brexit meeting deadlock

CORONAVIRUS jabs will be flown to the UK by military planes to avoid delays at ports caused by Brexit.

The plans for the vaccines are being mapped out by the government after Brexit talks ground to a halt yesterday.

Civil servants from the MoD and military planning staff have met with government officials from the vaccine taskforce to discuss the speedy transfer of vaccines.

The move suggests the government expects delays at ports and want to ensure the jabs don't get caught up.

Brexit talks will begin again on Monday evening, with both sides battling for a breakthrough with just weeks to go before the UK leaves the single market and customs union.

In a joint statement, Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen said: “In a phone call, we welcomed the fact progress has been achieved in many areas.”

“Nevertheless, significant differences remain on three critical issues: level playing field, governance and fisheries. Both sides underlined that no agreement was feasible if these issues were not resolved.

“While recognising the seriousness of these differences, we agreed a further effort should be undertaken by our negotiating teams to assess whether they can be resolved. We are therefore instructing our chief negotiators to reconvene tomorrow in Brussels. We will speak again on Monday evening.”

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  • LABOUR MP SAYS HE WILL VOTE FOR BORIS BREXIT DEAL IN THE COMMONS

    A Labour MP who formerly classed himself as a Remainer has admitted he would vote in favour of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal in the Commons.

    Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda in Wales, says he would vote with the Government if a trade agreement is struck with the EU.

    He said: “If the Prime Minister does what I expect him to do, namely negotiate some kind of minimalist trade deal with the EU at the very last minute, I expect I will vote for it and I would encourage all my Labour colleagues to do the same.

    “Not that I will support it with great enthusiasm. It won’t be the comprehensive deal we were promised and it will be far less than we need to safeguard our economic prosperity."

  • UK NEGOTIATORS TO GO BACK TO BRUSSELS

    Boris Johnson has sent UK negotiators back to Brussels to secure a deal after a crunch phone call with the EU's chief failed to break the post-Brexit trade deadlock.

    Following an anticipated call between the two sides, "no breakthrough" was made, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said this evening.

    The two leaders were forced to go head to head after negotiators from both sides admitted that “significant divergences” remained after weeks of intense talks.

    Now, UK negotiator Lord Frost will head to Brussels on Sunday for 48 hours of "intensive" discussions with EU counterpart Michel Barnier.

  • DAVID DAVIS SAYS FREEZE OF TRANSITION PERIOD IS ‘LIKELY’

    The former Brexit Secretary, David Davis, says there will not be time to ratify a deal before the transition period ends

    Speaking to BBC Breakfast he said there will have to be a pause – ‘a freeze’ – while that happens.

    Mr Davis said the probability of a deal was “still high” but there would be compromise on both sides and the “big decisions won’t be this afternoon between the prime minister and president of the commission but in wires running hot between Berlin and Paris and other capitals”.

    He said: “My suspicion is when it gets to the end of the month there is no time to ratify… so they will have to do some sort of freeze in place of current customs arrangements to take us through the few months until everybody from the European Parliament to the Walloon parliament actually give their opinion”, he said.

  • 'FULLEST CONFIDENCE' IN JOHNSON AND FROST

    The European Research Group of Tory MPs has warned Boris Johnson not to make last-minute concessions as the UK and EU battle to secure a trade deal.

    Deputy leader David Jones MP told the Sunday Telegraph: “We have the fullest confidence in David Frost and the British negotiating team and know that Boris Johnson is committed to securing UK sovereignty. We must make clear to the EU that we will never compromise our own national interest.

    "We seek a fair free trade agreement with the EU; but if they are unable to accept that we are an independent nation, we will be content to leave the transition period without an agreement and make our own way in the world. We have nothing to fear from freedom.”

  • ALASTAIR CAMPBELL: GOVERNMENT’S APPROACH TO BREXIT TALKS IS ‘DISASTROUS’

    Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell has branded the Government’s handling of Brexit talks as “disastrous”.

    Speaking to Andrew Castle on LBC Radio, Mr Campbell, who was the head of communication for Tony Blair, said: “When Boris Johnson and Andrew Bridgen and the rest of them were campaigning for leave four years ago…they made so many promises that haven’t materialised.”

    He told Andrew Castle that despite the Prime Minister speaking to the European Commission President today, there is little to be hopeful for.

    He continued: “Regardless of what comes out of today…we are in a very, very bad place.

    “Because people like Andrew Bridgen and Boris Johnson have strung the country along,” Mr Campbell insisted, “they’ve been a pawn in their right-wing ideological games and that is the mess we’re now in.”

  • PM'S ATTACK ON LAWYERS IS 'CRASS AND DAMAGING'

    The former head of the government's legal department has hit out over attacks on "activist lawers" by Boris Johnson and Priti Patel.

  • NIGEL FARAGE 'ANXIOUS'

    Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage is anxious that the transition period isn't extending past December 31.

  • FORMER UKIP MP PRAISES EGYPT BREXIT DEAL

    Former conservative and UKIP MP Douglas Carswell has hailed the new trade deal with Egypt as a Brexit success story.

  • DAVID DAVIS WARNS BREXIT FISHERIES ROW COULD CAUSE FRACTURE IN FRENCH-GERMAN RELATIONS

    David Davis says Brexit talks could cause a major upset between Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel as the two leaders reach a deadlock over fishing.

    Speaking to BBC News, Mr Davis said: “This will be decided not in Brussels but in Berlin and Paris, in the big capitals of Europe.

    “Because at the end of the day that’s where the vested interest are represented. What’s happened is Barnier’s licence was changed last week, quite dramatically and quite unreasonably.

    “It’s interesting how for the first time you’re seeing criticism from Brussels of Paris as they thought they were heading towards a deal. The real big decision I suspect won’t be this afternoon between the Prime Minister and the President of the Commission.”

  • 'NO BREAKTHROUGH' THIS EVENING AND TALKS TO RESUME ON MONDAY

    Boris Johnson's negotiating team will go back into crunch Brexit talks as "no breakthrough" was made this evening, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has said.

    Talks will go to the wire after negotiators from both sides admitted that “significant divergences” remained after weeks of intense talks.

    t comes as Brexit trade deal talks ground to a halt over a 'ridiculous' EU demand for ten years' access to UK fishing waters, The Daily Telegraph reports.

    The two leaders were not able to reach an agreement this evening following an hour long phone call - but both sides vowed to resume negotiations tomorrow.

    Ms Von Der Leyen tonight tweeted: "Differences remain. No agreement feasible if these are not resolved.

    "Chief negotiators will reconvene tomorrow. We will speak again on Monday."

  • BACKING BREXIT 'LETHAL'

    Former Labour leader Neil Kinnock has privately warned members that backing a Brexit deal could be politically ‘lethal’, according to the Guardian.

    In a chat on WhatsApp, Lord Kinnock reportedly said: “If Labour supports the ‘deal’, all our future justified criticisms will be rebuffed by ‘but you voted for this!’ and, because it will be true, it will be lethal.”

    Instead, he is believed to want Labour to abstain.

    Such a decision that would be unlikely to prevent the deal going through.

  • 'SERIOUS DIFFICULTIES' AT SUCH A LATE STAGE

    Boris Johnson and EU Commission President von der Leyen last spoke on November 7, but a month later Britain and the bloc remain divided over so-called level playing field provisions, governance and fisheries.

    A European source told AFP on Friday of “serious difficulties” at this crucial late stage in the process.

    Johnson may also try to speak with other European leaders over the weekend, including French President Emmanuel Macron, according to the Financial Times.

    EU leaders will hold a summit on Thursday, by which time many expect to know whether reaching a Brexit deal is still possible.

    Britain formally left the EU in January, nearly four years after a referendum on membership that divided the nation.

  • LUXURY CAR MARKET BEING AFFECTED BY BREXIT

    Dealers and private sellers of luxury cars are being forced to slash tens of thousands of pounds off the price off Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Aston Martins.

    Supercar dealers are reporting dramatic price drops on luxury models that previously were commanding premiums of tens of thousands of pounds.

    Car trade watchers say a Rolls Royce Phantom that was priced at £525,000 a year ago can now be snapped up fir £300,00, while a Lamborghini Huracan offered for £150,000 is now up for £107,000.

    Dealers who are taking the hit says prices are returning to normality after years of “crazy rises”.

    Top dealer Tom Hartley said:” The prices of some luxury cars have dropped by almost a third this year will make for very uncomfortable reading for some. It is a combination of Brexit, consumer confidence and the types of people buying these cars wanting to get a good deal.”

  • FORMER BREXIT PARTY MEP WARNS PM NOT TO 'GIVE IT AWAY' AHEAD OF EU PHONE CALL

    Boris Johnson has been warned by a former Brexit Party MEP not to sign the UK up to a bad post-Brexit trade deal. 

    Belinda de Lucy tweeted: "What started as a mummer in the pubs and clubs in this country.

    "Decades of people power, against all odds, have led us to these last moments. Boris - don’t give it away to the supranational suits at the 11th hour."

    She added: "Don't sign us up to a bad deal."

  • NIGEL FARAGE SAYS BORIS FACES HIS 'MOMENT OF TRUTH'

    Brexit party leasder Nigel Farage has said Boris Johnson faces his moment of truth.

    It comes as talks were paused between Michel Barnier and Lord Dvaid Frost on Friday after a week of "intense negotiations".

    He tweeted: "Now it is left to the leaders. This really is Boris Johnson’s moment of truth."

  • CROSS PARTY MPS WARN GOVERNMENT NOT TO RISK 'CROSS BORDER CRIME FIGHTING TOOLS'

    A cross-party group of MPs have called on the Government to prioritise an agreement with the EU that maintains “cross-border crime-fighting tools that help to keep us all safe” amidst concerns about the impact of UK policing and security when the transition period ends.

    In a letter to both Michael Gove and the Home Secretary, the cross party group of Liberal Democrat, Labour and SNP MPs have urged the Government to accept the jurisdiction of the CJEU in order to negotiate, before the end of the transition period, a comprehensive agreement on justice and security co-operation that maintains these vital crime-fighting tools.”

    Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael, who coordinated the cross-party letter, said: "If even Theresa May says your approach is rubbish then something has gone badly wrong. 

    “The Tories’ abject failure in negotiations with the EU threatens to rob us of crucial crime-fighting tools.

    "That includes direct access to EU-wide data-sharing systems that enable British police and Border Force officers to identify and arrest traffickers, terrorists and other international criminals."

  • DAVID DAVIS WARNS BREXIT FISHERIES ROW COULD CAUSE FRACTURE IN FRENCH-GERMAN RELATIONS

    David Davis says Brexit talks could cause a major upset between Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel as the two leaders reach a deadlock over fishing.

    Speaking to BBC News, Mr Davis said: "This will be decided not in Brussels but in Berlin and Paris, in the big capitals of Europe.

    "Because at the end of the day that's where the vested interest are represented. What's happened is Barnier's licence was changed last week, quite dramatically and quite unreasonably.

    "It's interesting how for the first time you're seeing criticism from Brussels of Paris as they thought they were heading towards a deal. The real big decision I suspect won't be this afternoon between the Prime Minister and the President of the Commission."

  • DAVID DAVIS SAYS FREEZE OF TRANSITION PERIOD IS 'LIKELY'

    The former Brexit Secretary, David Davis, says there will not be time to ratify a deal before the transition period ends

    Speaking to BBC Breakfast he said there will have to be a pause – ‘a freeze’ – while that happens.

    Mr Davis said the probability of a deal was “still high” but there would be compromise on both sides and the “big decisions won’t be this afternoon between the prime minister and president of the commission but in wires running hot between Berlin and Paris and other capitals”.

    He said: “My suspicion is when it gets to the end of the month there is no time to ratify… so they will have to do some sort of freeze in place of current customs arrangements to take us through the few months until everybody from the European Parliament to the Walloon parliament actually give their opinion”, he said.

  • BREXIT TALKS FACE ‘SERIOUS DIFFICULTIES’

    Boris Johnson and EU Commission President von der Leyen last spoke on November 7, but a month later Britain and the bloc remain divided over so-called level playing field provisions, governance and fisheries.

    A European source told AFP on Friday of “serious difficulties” at this crucial late stage in the process.

    Johnson may also try to speak with other European leaders over the weekend, including French President Emmanuel Macron, according to the Financial Times.

    EU leaders will hold a summit on Thursday, by which time many expect to know whether reaching a Brexit deal is still possible.

    Britain formally left the EU in January, nearly four years after a referendum on membership that divided the nation.

  • NO EMERGENCY EU SUMMIT PLANNED ON BREXIT, SAYS OFFICIAL

    No emergency summit of European Union leaders on Brexit is planned at this stage, an EU official said on Saturday.

    However, they added that there was already a gathering scheduled for December 10-11.

  • ALASTAIR CAMPBELL: GOVERNMENT'S APPROACH TO BREXIT TALKS IS 'DISASTROUS'

    Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell has branded the Government's handling of Brexit talks as "disastrous".

    Speaking to Andrew Castle on LBC Radio, Mr Campbell, who was the head of communication for Tony Blair, said: "When Boris Johnson and Andrew Bridgen and the rest of them were campaigning for leave four years ago…they made so many promises that haven't materialised."

    He told Andrew Castle that despite the Prime Minister speaking to the European Commission President today, there is little to be hopeful for.

    He continued: "Regardless of what comes out of today…we are in a very, very bad place.

    "Because people like Andrew Bridgen and Boris Johnson have strung the country along," Mr Campbell insisted, "they've been a pawn in their right-wing ideological games and that is the mess we're now in."

  • LABOUR MP SAYS HE WILL VOTE FOR BORIS BREXIT DEAL IN THE COMMONS

    A Labour MP who formerly classed himself as a Remainer has admitted he would vote in favour of Boris Johnson's Brexit deal in the Commons.

    Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda in Wales, says he would vote with the Government if a trade agreement is struck with the EU.

    He said: “If the Prime Minister does what I expect him to do, namely negotiate some kind of minimalist trade deal with the EU at the very last minute, I expect I will vote for it and I would encourage all my Labour colleagues to do the same.

    “Not that I will support it with great enthusiasm. It won't be the comprehensive deal we were promised and it will be far less than we need to safeguard our economic prosperity.Yet the alternative is even wo

  • BREXITEER SLAMS MACRON

    Emmanuel Macron has been torn apart by a Brexiteer after the French PM said he wanted the EU to block the UK from making a trade deal and force us to ‘beg’ in 2021.

    Brexiteer and political commentator Patrick O’Flynn hit out at the French leader and argued if he believed Boris Johnson would beg then Mr Macron was “far less astute” than many give him credit for.

    Writing for The Daily Telegraph, Mr O’Flynn said: “It is France – our nearest mainland European neighbour and favourite historical foe – that views our repatriation of national sovereignty as unconscionable.

    “President Emmanuel Macron is said to believe that the EU side should walk away without a deal and then wait for a chastened UK to come crawling back desperate to agree terms early in 2021. Perhaps he envisages making Versailles available for the signing of the final accord, with a ‘Brexit Guilt’ clause prominent within it.

    “If he genuinely thinks Britain is likely to buckle given an early taste of what no deal means, then he is a far less astute reader of international affairs than many have given him credit for.”

  • RECAP: EU OFFERED '10-YEAR FISHERIES COMPROMISE' DURING STALLED TALKS

    Ity was reported yesterday that EU negotiator Michel Barnier demanded 10 years of access to British waters in order for a deal to be agreed, due to pressure from Emmanuel Macron.

    It is thought a deal was close earlier in the week before Mr Barnier demanded full access over a decade before then reverting to the earlier offer of a return of 18 percent in quotas. 

    According to the Daily Telegraph, a Government source said: "Their new offer was frankly laughable.

    "They know we can't possibly accept it. It's ridiculous. If they think we will just cave in, they have made a massive miscalculation."

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