PUBLISHED: 07:31, Thu, Nov 19, 2020 | UPDATED: 07:31, Thu, Nov 19, 2020
Previously Brussels has avoided publishing its no-deal plans for fear of strengthening Britain’s negotiating position. Talks between the UK and EU are ongoing with disputes continuing over Brussels demand for a regulatory “level playing field” and for European fishing vessels to have continued access to British waters.
However according to The Times EU national leaders are putting Brussels under increasing pressure to release its no-deal plans in case talks break down.
The leaders of France, Belgium and the Netherlands, all of which would be disproportionately hit by a no-deal exit, are reported to be particularly concerned.
Speaking to The Times a top EU diplomat said: “We must now come up with contingency measures.
“January 1, 2021 is getting close; we need a safety net.
"January 1, 2021 is getting close; we need a safety net" (Image: GETTY)
Michel Barnier is leading the EU's Brexit negotiations (Image: GETTY)
“Of course, this sends out a political signal. But it is high time to prepare people and businesses in case we cannot fix an agreement in time.
“I know member states will ask to get contingency measures out into the open.”
Intense talks between the UK and EU negotiating teams are continuing and a deal could reportedly be announced as early as Monday next week.
The European team is led by Michel Barnier whilst Lord Frost has taken the lead for the UK.
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Dominic Cummings left Downing Street last week (Image: GETTY)