Brexit talks: Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron in final bid for a deal

and President Macron closed ranks yesterday to confront Boris Johnson with a final offer on Brexit trade talks.

The French and German leaders agreed to weaken European Union demands for a so-called level playing field, a Brussels diplomatic source said.

Although more “conciliatory” than past positions taken by France, the new joint stance comes with a renewed warning that Mr Macron is ready to abandon talks to concentrate on preparing for a no-deal.

Mr Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, will speak today after another two days of negotiations that both sides had billed as a final push.

The prime minister is due to publish new legislation in effect ripping up parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement tomorrow

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