UK parliamentarians could be recalled as early as next week to legislate for a Brexit trade deal if one is agreed with the European Union, with talks expected to continue “over the coming days”, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office says.
Parliament will begin its traditional Christmas break on Thursday having completed all the legislation required for the end of the current Brexit transition period, the statement said.
“Time is now in short supply to reach an agreement with the EU and we expect discussions will continue over the coming days,” the statement said.
“We will recall MPs and Peers to legislate for a deal if one is secured. That recall could be as early as next week.”
Parliament would need to give MPs 48 hours notice for any recall.
Earlier on Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said there is a “narrow” path to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the UK before the end of the year.
“I cannot tell you whether there will be a deal or not,” the leader of the EU executive told the European Parliament.
“But I can tell you there is a path to an agreement now. The path may be narrow but it is there,” von der Leyen added.