Boris Brussels Dinner Date A Flop As No Deal Brexit Looms

Boris Johnson is being accused of failure after his hopes of a Brexit meal deal in Brussels were dashed and trade talks went into extra time with a new deadline of Sunday.

His three-hour dinner with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen ended in deadlock with “very large gaps” between the two sides, according to Downing Street.

Ms von der Leyen, who described the talks as “lively and interesting” said the two sides “remain far apart”, a damning verdict that suggests a no-deal Brexit looks increasingly likely.

The Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove will now face MPs in a potentially heated Commons showdown, with opposition parties condemning the threat of no deal but Tory Brexiteers relishing it.

Labour is claiming that a year after Mr Johnson promised an “oven-ready deal” he has failed to deliver what he promised. The SNP has accused him of “a failure of diplomacy and leadership”.

The deadlock at dinner came after the PM dashed to Brussels for talks which were billed as a make-or-break attempt to salvage a Brexit deal after months of discussions between Lord Frost and Mr Barnier ended in stalemate.


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