EU chiefs will be told to “take it or leave it” this week in talks aimed at clinching a Brexit deal.
Boris Johnson will tell European Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen she is drinking in the last chance saloon in a video-conference meeting today.
The PM will tell her bluntly that she and her colleagues have six weeks to seal an agreement or Britain will leave without one on December 31.
Sneaky Eurocrats had demanded “tunnel” talks – secret negotiations carried out under a news blackout with ambassadors kept in the dark.
But they threw in the towel on Friday and agreed to “intensify talks” over the summer after Britain ruled out a further extension.
Mr Johnson will also face European Council President Charles Michel and European Parliament President David Sassoli at talks high-level meeting.
A British government official said: “The EU was a little slow to agree to an intensified timetable for talks, and has been making noises about so-called tunnels. That’s not something we ever wanted and it’s welcome that they’ve now signed up to a sensible process to take the talks forward.
“We now need to get this resolved and deliver certainty for businesses at home and in the EU as soon as possible.
“There’s a high-quality free trade agreement to be done, based on the agreements the EU has already reached with other countries.
“But whatever happens, we will be ready for January 1, when we will be back in control of our laws, borders and money.”
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