Brexit: Johnson to go to Brussels after call with Von der Leyen ends with 'significant differences' – politics live

By Nadeem Badshah (now); Andrew Sparrow (earlier)

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EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier leaves the EU Borschette building after a meeting with Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost in Brussels.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier leaves the EU Borschette building after a meeting with Britain’s chief negotiator David Frost in Brussels. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP

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Eric Mamer (@MamerEric2)

Let me specify: the meeting mentioned for the coming days is one between the leaders, @vonderleyen and @BorisJohnson , in Brussels. https://t.co/xyArLmjKRq

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Ireland’s Simon Coveney, who was in Brussels today to meet fellow foreign affairs ministers, was downbeat on return to Dublin.

He said the EU wanted a deal but many member states were steeling themselves for a potential no deal.

The next two days need to be “very different” from the last two he said in order for things to change, he told RTÉ news.

I think there is a great deal of frustration on the EU side, not just within the EU negotiating team, but also across member states.

Many of the ministers I spoke to today are just getting increasingly frustrated and increasingly resigned to the fact that there may be no deal, when it comes to a trade deal or future relationship deal possible this week. In Brussels certainly the mood is starting to shift to contingency planning for a no deal, as opposed to the compromises that are necessary to get a deal done. That is not where we want this to go.

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