Tuesday briefing: Brexit talks head for bitter end

Top story: ‘Businesses are clear – deal is essential’ Hello, Warren Murray with a roadmap of today’s news. Today the latest round of Brexit trade deal negotiations is due to start in London and it comes against a background of revelations that the EU has become deeply distrustful of Boris Johnson’s agenda. Leaked cables obtained by the Guardian suggest Brussels suspects Johnson of playing a game of brinkmanship over fisheries, state aid and dispute resolution; believes Britain is trying to sidestep the EU and deal directly with members on internal security; and thinks Downing Street is planting articles in the British press to suggest EU officials, not Johnson’s government, are being intransigent. There are concerns the government appears poised to renege on parts of the withdrawal agreement, with legislation to be published on Wednesday that would leave customs checks on goods crossing the Irish Sea at the UK’s discretion – rebutting terms that are meant to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, and setting up a legal battle between the government and the EU. Business leaders are warning that a Brexit deal is essential for safeguarding Britain’s economic recovery from the coronavirus outbreak and avoiding higher prices… Read full this story

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