Waiting for Brexit: Another Deadline, Likely Another Delay



Raf Casert | Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — It is yet another deadline day in the tortuous, four-year trek called Brexit but – Spoiler Alert! – most likely nothing will happen.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had set the first day of the European Union summit on Thursday as the deadline to get a trade and security deal to replace its EU membership that expired on Jan. 31. A transition period is set to end on Jan. 1, forcing negotiators to work fast if any deal still is to get legislative approval and legal vetting in the little time left.

EU leaders opening their two-day summit have left the talks to the bloc’s negotiating team, but with the need for haste they are aiming to reinject momentum into negotiations that have been sluggish on the most important issues.

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