Brexit news LATEST – EU chief ‘convinced’ trade deal between UK and EU can be clinched – LIVE UPDATES

BRUSSELS’ chief is “convinced” a trade deal with the UK remains possible – but called Boris Johnson’s attempt to alter the Brexit treaty an “unpleasant surprise”.

Ursula von der Leyen said Downing Street’s controversial UK Internal Market Bill had “distracted very strongly” from the two sides being able to secure fresh trade terms before the looming deadline.

Meanwhile, the EU stated it will not move to make a compromise agreement with the UK over the controversial bill – leading the PM to accuse the bloc of being “abusive” to Britain.

However, the UK and European Union made “some limited progress” during informal discussions in Brussels over a trade deal, the government said on Thursday.

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