Boris Johnson last night failed to secure Brexit concessions from the EU after face-to-face talks in Brussels aimed at breaking the deadlock and avoiding a no deal at the end
of the year. The prime minister flew home from the Belgian capital with little to show, despite hopes he could prepare the ground for a political compromise ahead of a leaders’ summit today. Earlier yesterday, senior Brussels officials had ruled out any discussion of Brexit at the
top-level meeting, briefing that leaders did not want to be “dragged into a debate”. A senior No 10 source said Mr Johnson and Ms Von der Leyen had a “frank discussion” about “significant obstacles”, but talks would continue until Sunday to see if an agreement could be found.