BBC Europe editor, Katya Adler, tweets

After a briefing to member states on state of play in EU-U.Okay. negotiations, EU diplomat says: “Gaps are solely slowly shrinking on core points like stage enjoying area, governance and fisheries.” Says there’s rising concern sufficient time left.

However diplomat added that EU hopes course of might be accomplished rapidly ‘as soon as political choices have been taken in London’. NB Authorities making comparable statements however pointing finger at EU, calling on Brussels to make the political choices (compromises).

EU diplomat provides that EU might want to ‘ramp up’ contingency plans now in parallel to nonetheless attempting to pursue a deal. ‘EU wants to organize for all eventualities’.

EU will not need this deal to fail on technicalities if the content material is ever agreed. Chance being checked out : whether or not European Parliament can ratify deal in new yr (or between Xmas abs new yr) so long as EU leaders log off on deal this yr earlier than finish of transition.

EU regulation permits for provisional utility of offers beneath sure circumstances.

Basically, either side are nonetheless ready on the opposite to budge on the three key/core excellent points. In different phrases, there wasn’t any vital progress prior to now week.

Negotiations will now proceed to subsequent week and you may’t assist however really feel that whereas there is probably not a lot willingness to compromise, there may be additionally some unwillingness to depart discussions and accept a no-deal end result.

I reckon come what might in December, there might be some technicality the place either side agree on what appears to be a deal on paper however will not be whenever you truly drill all the way down to the small print i.e. a thin deal the place negotiations for the above points proceed into subsequent yr.