Parliament debate over Brexit talks .
Ministers look to assure the public that the UK is ready for 2021 whether there is a trade deal with the European Union or not.
EU offers on Brexit remain unacceptable and talks continue.
UK-EU trade deal are set to continue overnight, a British government source has said that “as things stand the offer on the table from the EU remains unacceptable”.
Discussions are continuing in Brussels, with Boris Johnson and Ursula von de Leyen expected to speak today.
The prime minister will leave no stone unturned in this process, but he is absolutely clear: any agreement must be fair and respect the fundamental position that the UK will be a sovereign nation in three weeks’ time.”
It comes as Boris Johnson was accused of “irresponsible” behaviour akin to an “English nationalist” after Royal Navy gunboats were readied to patrol UK waters to prevent illegal fishing in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Details have been released of the government’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit, as last-ditch talks continue in Brussels.
It has emerged the government has spent £4bn on measures to limit disruption to trade and travel, including the introduction of new border requirements to allow goods to flow post-Brexit.
More than 900 extra border officers have been hired with around 1,100 more to be recruited by March, and more than 20 different telephone helplines are expected to provide advice to businesses.