PM makes statement on Brexit, telling UK to prepare for no deal with EU
- Merkel urges Johnson not to abandon Brexit negotiations
- No 10 startled by EU insistence that UK accept trade terms
- Coronavirus: tier 3 strategy reluctantly accepted in Lancashire
Boris Johnson has recorded a clip for broadcasters on the UK-EU trade talks. Itt is due to be broadcast shortly, but Sky’s Sam Coates has got the line.
BREAKING: Boris Johnson says the UK must prepared for no trade deal with the EU from Jan 1
Says EU not willing to give UK a Canada style deal
If the EU comes back “with a fundamental change of opinion” then the UK will listen. But says that doesn’t sound likely after the summit
The DHSC news release also confirms that, in return for going into tier 3, Lancashire is to get a financial package worth £12m initially – with an unspecified amount coming later. It says:
To support the local authority during this period, the government will be providing a support package worth £12m. The government will also establish a dedicated, ministerial-led taskforce with additional funding to work with Lancashire leaders to support local businesses to recover over the coming six months.