EU issues Brexit threat: Boris told ‘this is the week to move’ or it’s a no deal

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Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney said on Sunday that a Brexit deal was “very difficult but very doable” and big progress had to be made in talks this week. He threatened that not getting a deal this week will spark “real problems”. Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sky News, Mr Coveney said: “When I say if a deal isn’t done this week we have real problems, I meant it.

“We are running out of time now. There is a ratification process particularly on the EU side that does take some time.

“The EU Parliament have to pass this in debates with every capital across the EU.

“EU leaders have to come together to sign off on any deal.

“Once there is a political agreement, if there is one between the two teams which is a big if at this stage, putting together the final legal text of that agreement also takes time and there’s only 47 days left in the year.

“This week is move week. We have got to make big progress this week.

“Hopefully we can get the big issues resolved in principle this week so then we can finalise text and get this deal ratified.

“People have got to see the bigger picture here too. Europe and the UK are struggling their way through the COVID virus.

“We’ve got to start looking ahead and creating some optimism and positivity, building a partnership between the UK and EU for the future.

It comes as senior Tories have called for Boris Johnson to get a grip on Downing Street after a power struggle saw two close aides of the Prime Minister leave his administration.

Chief adviser Dominic Cummings exited Number 10 after his relationship with Mr Johnson “fell off a cliff”, according to a former senior Cabinet minister.

Mr Cummings left Downing Street amid claims he had briefed against Mr Johnson and the Prime Minister’s fiancee Carrie Symonds.

Leading Tory MPs have urged the Prime Minister to use the change of personnel to “reset the Government” following complaints the party and Parliament were not being heard during the time Mr Cummings held sway.

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Mr Johnson is set to embark on a major effort to shore-up relations with Tory backbenchers, reports suggest.

According to the Daily Mail, tensions were heightened in Downing Street when the Prime Minister was shown “hostile texts” briefing against Ms Symonds, which had been forwarded to her.

Former Brexit secretary David Davis told the BBC many within No 10 had “turned on” Mr Cummings.

He said: “It is said … people ranging from Allegra (Stratton) – the new spokesman for the Prime Minister – right through to his (Mr Johnson’s) fiancee, Carrie, turned against him.

“The relationship with the Prime Minister fell off a cliff. And once that’s gone, it’s gone.”

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