Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said that the government ‘has submitted’ draft texts for the political declaration to the EU.
The news comes as a Westminster branch of Wetherspoons, which Barclay was in just moments before his announcement, reported a stolen beermat.
A barman who asked not to be named said, ‘It was definitely there when I gave him his bangers and mash – I know because I put his pint of Bulldog Tattoo on it. But then after he went and I had to go along and clean up his mess as usual, I saw it was missing. Now I’m not making any allegations, I’m just saying we have to keep a tight rein on money to make sure prices remain low. Even watering down the beer costs a fortune these days. So, we’re appealing for anyone who might have seen where the beermat went to come forward.’
Mr Barclay insisted the Prime Ministers revised proposal is deliverable but that negotiations are ongoing.
Michel Barnier confirmed a draft had been received but said there are ‘few differences’ between Mr Johnson’s declaration and that submitted previously by Theresa May. ‘There is still no credible solution to the backstop, he said, ‘and we will have to have further discussions amongst EU leaders before we can confirm whether we agree that Carlsberg is probably the best lager in the world.’