Seems we mightn’t have to wait as long as that. Talks continued over the weekend including Today Sunday.
Apparently there only is one obstacle now remaining - fishing - the smallest in economic terms (01% of UK GDP) but hugely political.
Today the UK Foreign Sec when asked about fishing talked about sovereignty and protecting borders and so on, the suggestion muted by EU of handing back a percentage of fish caught in UK waters was a non runner he commented.
(UK sell 70% of their catch to the EU)
Tomorrow a large UK Retail company will likely go into administration putting 13k jobs at risk - the effect of yet more covid restrictions announced by the UK PM will have yet more consequences economically. Th UK fiscal body the OBR have warned as much, they have also warned that no deal will add a further 250k to the jobless number.
This past week the Gov of BOE warned that a no deal would have longer negative implications for the UK economy that covid
The Irish Govt announced it’s budget for the year ahead - it outlined that the budget is framed around the likelihood of a no deal and that vaccines would not immediately resolve covid - this past week the UK did similar - except that Brexit wasn’t mentioned and there was a premise that all would be well by Easter on the covid front.
This is the backdrop that the negotiators are very well aware - an important week ahead for many people perhaps.