Brexit LIVE: Boris on brink of CAVING to EU demands now Cummings has left Downing Street

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The Prime Minister’s chief adviser left Number 10 carrying a box on Friday evening as he was turfed out as the Prime Minister’s right-hand man. It comes as talks on a free trade agreement between the UK and EU have been continuing this week in London and are due to “pause” over the weekend before resuming next week in Brussels.

Michel Barnier and Lord Frost have been London trying to hammer out a post-Brexit trade deal after the current transition period finishes on December 31 but divisions still remain on the level playing field and fisheries. 

But a Whitehall source close to the negotiations told the departure of Mr Cummings could allow for a deal although hinted divisions and doubt remained as to how one could be achieved before next Thursday’s deadline. 

The official close to the negotiations told “The departure [of Dominic Cummings] has certainly shown the change in tone.

“A new era seems to be on the horizon and some things may be different.

“We are determined to do the right deal for Britain but collective engagement is what is needed now.” 

But Scottish Secretary Alister Jack told in an interview this week he was hopeful that a deal could be secured very soon and appeared to side with Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Environment Secretary George Eustice that the UK has to “stand firm” but insisted a compromise could be reached. 

Speculation has surrounded the future of the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator Lord David Frost but he has remained in his role as talks reach a heightened stage.

The division has angered Edinburgh though who branded the departure of Mr Cummings along with colleague Lee Cain as “rats on a sinking ship” with Scottish Government officials claiming a deal looked “unlikely”.

Ian Blackford MP, SNP Westminster leader, added: “Boris Johnson’s most senior advisers are abandoning the Prime Minister like rats on a sinking ship.”

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman stressed it was “simply false” that he is prepared to soften its position in the trade talks.



8am update: Brexit ‘sell-out’ is looming, claims Farage

Nigel Farage has insisted the exit of Boris Johnson’s top aide from Downing Street means a “Brexit sell-out” is looming.

Brexit Party leader Mr Farage said he had never liked the Prime Minister’s outgoing chief adviser Dominic Cummings, but admitted he was concerned about the consequences of his departure.

Mr Cummings left Number 10 carrying a box on Friday evening as he quit as the Prime Minister’s right-hand man, although he will continue to work for Boris Johnson until mid-December.

Mr Farage tweeted: “It is well documented that I have never liked Dominic Cummings but he has backed Brexit.

“Seeing him leave Number 10 carrying a cardboard box tells me a Brexit sell-out is close.”

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