Brexit: Johnson heads to Brussels after UK holds out olive branch

theguardian– Boris Johnson will travel to Brussels for a face-to-face summit with the European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, in an 11th-hour attempt to break the impasse in the Brexit negotiations.

A long-awaited crunch meeting will be held in the “coming days”, the two leaders said in a joint statement following a phone call lasting over an hour, keeping hopes alive of agreement on a trade and security deal. Sources on both sides pointed to Wednesday or Thursday as the most likely dates.

Both EU and UK insiders said there was no certainty that a historic trade and security deal would be secured when the leaders meet, however.

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