In exchange for the UK giving up part of its sovereignty at the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31, the EU said it would allow UK aircraft, freight operators and passenger coaches to continue to operate throughout Europe for a further six months.

The EU said the offer was to avoid the worst disruption and the risk of public disorder.

Stephan Mayer, a state secretary at Germany’s interior ministry, told the BBC that no deal “would be the worst solution for both sides”.

While the UK might welcome six months of stability, the chances are that Brussels’ demand for ‘a level playing field’ for standards will be rejected, as it has been before, as an intrusion into UK sovereignty.

FILE PHOTO: UK PM Boris Johnson