PUBLISHED: 10:51, Mon, Nov 30, 2020 | UPDATED: 11:02, Mon, Nov 30, 2020
Diplomats in Westminster and Brussels have entered into what is regarded as the final week of Brexit trade talks as the deadline looms. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the UK was in the "last leg of negotiations" despite contentious sticking points. Fishing rights are high on the agenda.
The EU is particularly reluctant to give up its lucrative access to British waters many bloc countries have enjoyed during the UK's membership.
Competition policy is also a major factor, with both sides reluctant to allow the other to have an unfair advantage in state intervention in business.
Despite this, Paul Embery, a trade unionist and "Blue Labour" member told Express.co.uk that a deal would almost certainly be reached at the last minute as politicians on either side look to see who crumbles under the pressure first.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
He said: "In terms of the negotiations, I was a trade union official for many years.
Brexit: A trade unionist told Express.co.uk that a Brexit deal will be reached at the last minute (Image: GETTY/Twitter/@PaulEmbery)
Michel Barnier: The EU's chief negotiator resumed in-person talks this week (Image: GETTY)
"My daily life was being involved in negotiations in industrial relations and, while I'm not suggesting it was on the same scale as the Brexit negotiations, the crucial negotiations always go down to the wire.
"It's always about posturing and eyeballing each other, it's a game of poker that's the truth of it.
"I suspect there will be a deal, I suspect the deal will be done quite late on, at the eleventh-hour, because I think it's in the interests of both sides for a deal to be done."
Talks stalled once again last week after a member of the EU negotiating team tested positive for COVID-19.
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Boris Johnson: The PM has said he is confident if the UK leaves with no deal (Image: GETTY)
Negotiations continued, but via a video link rather than in person.