Boris and von der Leyen’s Brexit phone call HALTED after 90 minutes as PM demanded break

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It is unclear why the Prime Minister has paused his talks after speaking for more than an hour with the Brussels boss. EU sources said Mr Johnson was behind the request and said he would phone back the Commission President when he is ready to do so. One insider said: “They needed the break and they will call us.”

Downing Street are still to comment on the dramatic pause in the call, which is understood to be used to finally decide whether a Brexit trade deal is possible or not. 

The call is said to be a “make-or-break” moment in the wrangling over a post-Brexit free-trade agreement. 

Michel Barnier, the bloc’s Brexit chief, has warned talks will not continue beyond Wednesday if they are yet to clinch a deal.

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“We are not far from the very endgame but we cannot go further than Wednesday,” the Brussels diplomat told a meeting of MEPs, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

“I cant guarantee we will reach an agreement tonight, we might still have to negotiate tomorrow.”

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