Comments by European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen

  • If there is no trade deal by the end of 2020, we will face a cliff-edge Brexit
  • We will make the most of the time available
  • Ready to start talks with UK on trade deal on 1 February

Eleven months to try and get a trade deal sorted out. As mentioned before, it seems more like an impossibility rather than an improbability if you really look at it.