Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, as Theresa May tries to reach agreement on the UK-EU Brexit deal
Judging from this morning’s No 10 lobby briefing, there’s no immediate Brexit news: the word “ongoing” was used at least three times, referring to negotiations, conversations and the wider process.
When asked if a new text of a deal was being circulated May’s spokesman said:
As the PM set out at the start of the week in the Commons, we think we’re close to an agreement but there’s more work to be done. It’s an ongoing process and we’ll update you as it goes along.
The European commission has said that the UK has until Sunday night to get a deal on Brexit if it wants the EU summit next week to agree to open trade talks. These are from the Express’s Nick Gutteridge and Le Figaro’s Isabelle Ory.
EU Commission says suggestions Brexit progress deadline could be extended into next week are ‘not correct’. Says the deadline is actually ‘this week…and our week includes Sunday’.
La Commission européenne dit que le délai pour arriver à un accord sur la première phase du #Brexit expire dimanche à minuit.
So, midnight Sunday it is. Is that Brussels time or London time, asks @JamesCrisp6 ? Both are equally valid, replies a conciliatory Commission spokesman.