Brexit deadline: Merkel makes surprise announcement setting final date to sort Brexit deal

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The German Chancellor said both sides should have “clarity” over whether an agreement is possible before the end of the transition period. She insisted EU and UK negotiators Michel Barnier and David Frost will be “busy” when they resume Brexit talks next week. “The crucial weeks are now approaching in which we have to clarify the future relationship between Great Britain and the EU,” Mrs Merkel told reporters.

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