Live: Parliament debates & votes on Brexit Internal Market Bill.

Parliament debates and votes upon the Internal Market Bill, for the third and final reading.

The UK Internal Market Bill has its report stage and third reading, which means a potential Theresa May-led rebellion of 15 or so Tory MPs who cannot stomach the whole breaking international law thing.

It remains to be seen if that mini-rebellion will amount to anything, but either way there is no danger of the government losing this vote.

Downing Street is attempting to play down recent speculation in Westminster the UK and EU are moving swimmingly toward a Brexit deal, ahead of the next round of talks resuming in Brussels today.

There are still big gaps between the two sides, a UK official source siad. Another cautions: “The Champagne is not on ice.”

There is however optimism on the British side that European Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič had not blown up the talks over the IM Bill, as he had appeared to be threatening.

The EU is now ready to drop its demands for broad agreement on the areas of divergence before drafting a trade text - something the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier had initially refused to do.

Mr Barnier has now confirmed he will begin working on draft legislation - a clear indication Brussels wants a deal agreed as soon as possible.

The EU has also sensationally backed down from its threat to suspend trade talks over the UK’s controversial Internal Market Bill.

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