PUBLISHED: 07:47, Sat, Oct 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:47, Sat, Oct 24, 2020
And with talks set to continue throughout the weekend, hopes are rising about the prospects of an agreement being struck between the UK and the EU. Sources have suggested the French President is relaxing his stance, especially in relation to state aid rules.
Sources have suggested the French President is relaxing his stance, especially in relation to state aid rules.
Crucially, there are also indications that he is prepared to back down over fishing rights for French ships after Brexit, something which has proved to be a huge stumbling bloc.
Specifically, Express.co.uk understands he has prepared France's fishing industry to accept a reduction in quotas from UK waters.
Simon Coveney, Ireland's foreign minister, struck an optimistic note, saying a deal was "doable but difficult".
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France's President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)
Both the UK and the EU had previously said that they would need to get a deal by mid-October if it was to be implemented in time - and they are in a race against time with December 31 - which marks the last day of the transition period - looming.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said