The never ending saga of Brexit has acquired a habit of exceeding deadlines to such an extent, if one were met, it really would be headline news.
The headline now is that after all the wolf crying there really is only a matter of days before the curtain closes and the transition period will end. All the negotiations will at that point either become a case study in brinkmanship, or calamity.
Next Monday, the Commons will debate and vote again on the Internal Market Bill. If passed it would sanction Government to ignore certain facets of the agreement previously reached to exit the EU, but also break international law in what some Government ministers refer to as a ‘limited and specific way’.
If the vote does pass it almost certainly takes the deal or no deal option off the negotiation table, as Brussels has stated it would be crossing a red line.
So, with the motion to pass the Bill needing to be defeated on Monday, and a final deal agreement drawn up and approved by the UK Government prior to it then being also signed off at an EU summit on Thursday, the timing and requirements to get a deal done seem unlikely.
The discussions continue despite the timelines and hurdles to overcome, and encouragingly for those that want a deal, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and his team cancelled their planned return to Brussels today, to remain in London continuing negotiations.
Supply chains into and from UK hospitality businesses are interwoven with similar businesses in the EU. Most importantly in fresh produce, dairy, poultry and meats. All that are part of these supply chains will be hoping that a deal is reached even at another eleventh hour.
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