Brexit showdown: Frost and Barnier push for breakthrough TODAY – ONE WEEK to secure deal

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The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “We have been perfectly clear about the need to work towards the October 15 European Council. The EU has agreed to intensified talks, those have been taking place this week and you will see more of them next week.”

Mr Barnier is expected to tell Lord Frost he is prepared to drop the EU’s hardline fisheries demands for the same level of access to Britain’s coastal waters.

The Brussels bureaucrat will signal his willingness to budge but only if the UK is prepared to offer more reassurances over future state subsidies policy.

One senior insider said: “It’s one of the realities of Brexit, let’s say an unpleasant change for us, but we understand how the British fishermen on the other side of the Channel think.”

It comes as the Government set out its plans to take back control of Britain’s borders from January 1 after transition arrangements end.

Up to 10 inland sites to check paperwork or hold lorries could be set up to stop congestion at ports when the changes come into force.

New infrastructure will be put in place at Ebbsfleet international station in and Sevington in Kent, North Weald airfield in Essex and Warrington in the north-west.

Sites at Dover, Holyhead in Wales and the Thames Gateway are among others being looked at.

The new Government guidance sets out how the UK will operate as its border as a sovereign nation.

But new controls will be introduced in three stages until July next year to give businesses time to adapt.

Lorry drivers will need permits to enter Kent if they are using the channel crossings showing they have the correct travel documents.

The system is being set up to stop the county’s roads being clogged up once customs controls with the EU are re-imposed.

Cabinet minister Michael Gove, who is responsible for Brexit implementation, has previously warned that queues of up to 7,000 trucks could form in Kent unless businesses do more to prepare.

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Mr Gove said: “With fewer than three months to go, businesses need to prepare now for new procedures, whether or not we reach a trade agreement with the EU, so that they can seize the significant opportunities that lie ahead.”

Travellers will only be allowed into the country with a passport from October next year when EU, European Economic Area and Swiss national identity cards will no longer be valid as travel documents for entering the UK from October 21.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Our firm and fair approach will treat people from every part of the world equally.

“Phasing out the use of identity cards at the border, which are some of the least secure documents, is an important step in making our border safer.”

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