European parliament sets Sunday deadline for post-Brexit trade deal

European parliament sets Sunday deadline for post-Brexit trade dealDecember 17, 2020

MEPs say date is latest that will enable vote of consent to be held this year

Michel Barnier has raised hopes of a weekend Brexit deal after persuading the European parliament to stretch its deadline to last thing on Sunday – even as UK ministers put the chance of an agreement at less than 50%.

During a briefing with leaders of the parliament’s political groups, Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, cautioned against setting a cut-off that could not be met.

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