EU-UK deal pretty much done, awaits UK government approval - EU sources

A tentative, technical Brexit deal between the European Union and Britain was largely ready in Brussels on Wednesday afternoon and awaited an "overall backing" by the government in London, said sources with bloc.

"The level playing field and customs are agreed. Consent by the Northern Irish assembly every four years," said an EU official.

An EU diplomat confirmed that was the case, with just some haggling remaining on VAT arrangements.

"Plus an overall backing from the British government is needed to launch it all," the person said.

Earlier, Boris Johnson said that "outstanding issues" to get a Brexit deal remain on the final day before the crucial EU summit.

The Prime Minister needs to get a deal approved at the summit of EU leaders starting in Brussels on Thursday if he is to avoid an almighty clash over asking for a delay to the UK's departure.

His official spokesman said the Prime Minister had on Wednesday afternoon updated his Cabinet, which gave its "full support" to get a deal ahead of the summit after a "positive discussion".

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