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The point I was trying to make on state aid is that whatever the final agreement, whatever the form of dispute settlement on subsidies, I could imagine we would be at least as assiduous users of it as the EU would be.
The EU in its text in March this year did not want to make certain aspects sensitive to it subject to [state aid] arbitration. We are likely to do the same. And I think what we’re trying to do in the next couple of weeks is find a balance between those two things.
Gove says a 60:40 chance of a deal “sounds about right”
More hints that could be deal on state aid in the offing.
Frost: “Fisheries is the most difficult issue remaining in my view, I think we’ve been clear about that but I would not want to suggest that any issue can’t be solved.”
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Take out from Gove and Frost Brexit committee appearance
– outbreak of fresh optimism over a deal
– Gove puts it 66%
– state aid no longer toughest challenge, Frost Indicates movement on dispute resolution on state aid and fishing now biggest challenge
This is what Charles Michel, president of the European council, tweeted after his call with Boris Johnson earlier. (See 5.55pm.)
Just talked to @BorisJohnson
The EU prefers a deal, but not at any cost.
Time for the UK to put its cards on the table. #EUCO #15-16October