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Brexit trade deal between UK and EU expected within hours
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Brexit trade deal between UK and EU expected within hours

    Agreement on a post-Brexit trade deal appears likely to be announced within hours, after nine months of tortuous negotiations. A meeting of EU ambassadors has been pencilled in for Christmas Eve to start the ratification process. Sources in Brussels and London confirmed they believed the talks were now coming to a successful conclusion. Diplomats representing the EU member states are already combing through some of the the 2,000 pages of legal text that have been agreed. The European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, is understood to have been in constant contact with Boris Johnson in the last 72 hours, as she has sought to strike a compromise satisfactory to Downing Street and the member states. A final call is believed to be scheduled for Wednesday eve...