Tonight Boris Johnson will have dinner with the president of the European Commission in Brussels. This is not a social visit. The withdrawal agreement runs out at the end of the month and things must be settled before then so that the UK and EU are agreed upon their trade agreement from the 1st of January, 2021.
We had a TV programme some years ago called Deal or no Deal and as the talks are in deadlock, it feels that that is the situation we are in. It is far from the OVEN READY deal we were promised. If there is to be an agreement, there has to be compromised, and compromise always displeases some people.
Therefore dinner for Boris and the President was critical. Will it be well cooked?