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The Guardian, from London:

Boris Johnson to set fishing ultimatum in crunch EU summit

Buoyed by support for idea from Angela Merkel, PM hopes to overcome French opposition

Boris Johnson will demand that the increasingly isolated French president, Emmanuel Macron, caves in to UK demands on fishing as the price for a trade and security deal at a key meeting with the European commission president on Saturday.

The prime minister will feel strengthened by comments from the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, on Friday, when she described the fisheries deal struck by Britain with Norway this week as a "constructive indicator".

Politico.eu, from Brussels;

EU leaders sour on chances of Brexit deal

Brexit was just a brief information point at the European Council summit which wrapped Friday but the mood was clear around the leaders' table, EU officials and diplomats said.

"When I try to take to feel the temperature in the European Council, what is the temperature between the member states -- we are united, no doubt on that -- but there is the impression more and more that it will be very difficult to get a deal with the U.K.," said a senior EU official. "Because we don't have the impression that they put on the table a real margin in order to make a deal possible."

The senior official cited "this growing feeling" among some leaders "that maybe, maybe a no-deal can be less worse than a bad agreement."

Privately, according to officials present, von der Leyen warned leaders that no-deal, in which the two sides fall back on World Trade Organization rules, would be better than caving to British demands and ending up with a bad, lopsided agreement. "A bad deal would mean no level playing field which would be a threat to our economy," von der Leyen said, according to an official.
by Bernard on Fri Oct 2nd, 2020 at 06:58:42 PM EST

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