BORIS Johnson has been given a one day deadline to respond to EU legal action over the controversial EU market bill.
In what could be a defining day for Brexit trade negotiations, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen’s four-week window for the UK to respond to EU claims the bill was an attempt to override key parts of the UK Withdrawal Agreement.
If the Prime Minister didn’t respond in time, the EU would press on with a lawsuit against the UK government, von der Leyen warned last month.
This would be a dramatic development as UK-EU post Brexit trade deal talks moved to Brussels and entered their final stage if they are to be ratified in time for December 31, when the UK’s Brexit transition period ends.
Speaking of the talks, von der Leyen said there had been “good progress”, including promising trade and security negotiations but on the topics of “level playing field” and fisheries both sides remained critically opposed.
Follow our Brexit live blog for all the latest news and updates…