"Final roll of the die" for the Brexit deal when the EU declared that it would respect British independence
Boris Johnson gave a Brexit trade agreement "one last roll of the dice" after an hour-long phone call with Ursula von der Leyen did not break the deadlocked talks. The Prime Minister ordered his Brexit negotiator, Lord Frost, to travel “intensely” to Brussels with EU counterpart Michel Barnier for 48 hours on Sunday to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union's jurisdiction without a trade deal on December 31st. This came after Mr Johnson and Mrs Von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, had made no progress in any of the key areas of fisheries, state aid and monitoring of an agreement. A UK source said the EU is not treating the UK "as an independent country" and has offered terms that "effectively tie UK rules to EU rules over the long term". Mr Johnson and Mrs Von der Leyen have agreed to speak again on Monday evening, the last scheduled meeting between the UK and the EU. Another UK source said the talks would likely collapse if an agreement was not reached by then – but this has been denied by EU sources.