Brexit trade deal expected to be announced in boost for Scottish business

The UK and European Union are on the threshold of striking a post-Brexit trade deal, just a week before current trading arrangements are due to come to an end.

An announcement is expected to be announced this morning after talks through the night on the final details of an agreement.

It is believed that Britain and the EU have made progress on resolving issues including fishing rights and the “level playing field” measures aimed at preventing unfair competition.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson led a late-night call with Cabinet ministers to update them on the situation.

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Mr Johnson has been in close contact with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen in recent days as top-level efforts intensified to get a deal over the line.

European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer suggested an announcement could come early on Christmas Eve. “Work

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