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Brexit LIVE: ‘We’re ready!’ Boris unveils £4bn no deal operation – talks end in HOURS

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The cash will aim to safeguard the UK’s supply chain and fishing waters, with contracts in play will four ferry companies to carry 3,000 lorries a week to the UK with food and medicines. The nation’s civil servants have also been told they will work through Christmas to ensure preparations are in place. In addition, 900 extra border officers will be stationed in the Dover to ensure food, medicine and other vital supplies get through.

However, supermarkets have also been urged to stockpile food, according to the Sunday Times.

The Prime Minister will also chair an exit operations committee to prepare the response.

Speaking at a fundraising event last night, Mr Johnson told Tories: “Everybody is going to have to get ready, whatever the terms of the new arrangements we have with our friends and partners in Europe. We are ready.

“No matter how difficult the negotiations will become, these are people who worked with us for 45 years and we have got to continue to do that.

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“It’s not as though we are going to cease trade with them. We want to do more business if we possibly can, but we want to do it on slightly different terms.”

A government insider said last night: “Talks are continuing overnight, but as things stand the offer on the table from the EU remains unacceptable.

“The Prime Minister will leave no stone unturned in this process but he is absolutely clear that any agreement must be fair and respect the fundamental position that the UK will be a sovereign nation in three weeks’ time.”

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8.06am update: Time runs short for trade deal

London and Brussels face a make-or-break decision on an elusive trade agreement on Sunday, after a week of tension and deadlock that left a tumultuous ‘no deal’ exit for Britain from the European Union’s orbit on December 31 looking more likely than not.

Negotiators have until the evening to resolve an impasse on arrangements that would guarantee Britain zero-tariff and zero-quota access to the EU’s single market, though talks could carry on if they miss the deadline.

Boris Johnson and the president of the EU’s executive Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, both said on Friday that a ‘no-deal’ was now the most likely outcome.

Negotiators met in Brussels on Saturday, and a British government source said they would press on through the night.

But the talks were very difficult and “as things stand, the offer on the table from the EU remains unacceptable”.

8.04am update: Brexit POLL – With Boris and VDL’s Sunday deadline, do you think there will be a deal?

Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen are set to decide on the future of post-Brexit trade talks on Sunday – but do you think the UK and the EU will reach a deal?

Express.co.uk readers can vote in our poll on whether they think a deal will be in sight by Sunday when the Prime Minister and the European Commission President are due to speak.

It comes as talks between chief negotiators Lord Frost and Michel Barnier are continuing late into the night in Brussels.

Mr Johnson and Ms von der Leyen both agreed following a dinner meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that a firm decision on the future of negotiations was needed by the end of the weekend.

7.57am update: No deal Brexit could spark French vs Dutch fishing clashes

Leaving the EU with no trade deal risks sparking a fishing dispute between France and other European countries, experts have warned.

France has already threatened to reject Brexit negotiations over fishing rights this week. Fishing remains one of the main sticking points as the trade talks between the EU and UK are continuing to go down to the wire.

Olivier Le Pretre, head of the Hauts-de-France fishing council, worries that the French would be swamped by European rivals if the UK rejects them.

7.54am: No deal Brexit chances SURGE to 80 percent as Merkel wants UK to ‘walk over broken glass’

The chances of a no deal Brexit at the end of the year are now at 80 percent as Angela Merkel wants Britain to “crawl across broken glass” according to an incendiary report.

Earlier this week Boris Johnson warned a breakdown in trade talks is now “very, very likely” and set the end of Sunday as a deadline for further progress.

The UK is negotiating with the EU in a bid to secure a post-Brexit trade deal but talks have become deadlocked over fishing rights and regulatory alignment.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday Government sources claimed the chances of negotiations breaking down has risen to 80 percent.

7.39am update: Johnson takes charge of £4billion no-deal operation

Boris Johnson has initiated a £4billion operation to prepare Britain for a no-deal departure from the EU at the end of the month with prospects of an agreement looking remote.

The cash will aim to safeguard the UK’s supply chain and fishing waters, with contracts in play will four ferry companies to carry 3,000 lorries a week to the UK with food and medicines.

The nation’s civil servants have also been told they will work through Christmas to ensure preparations are in place.

In addition, 900 extra border officers will be stationed in the Dover to ensure food, medicine and other vital supplies get through.

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