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King Charles cancels plans to host European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen amid fears he will be dragged into Brexit queue, with historic deal ‘just DAYS away’

  • King Charles had lined up to meet Ursula von der Leyen in Windsor today.
  • The proposed audience with the King has been scrapped for unspecified reasons.

King Charles was in danger of being drawn into politics last night when it emerged that he had met the EU president as Brexit negotiations came to a head.

Details have emerged of an extraordinary plan for the King to receive European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Windsor today as negotiations with Rishi Sunak over Northern Ireland reached a critical stage.

The prime minister is close to finalizing the details of a new trade deal to govern Northern Ireland, despite warnings that it could destabilize his rule.

Further talks were scheduled to take place at number 10 today ahead of Ms von der Leyen’s proposed audience with the King.

The sources said the two leaders had made “significant progress” and would hold further talks in the coming days after making “positive progress” this week.

King Charles was in danger of being drawn into politics last night when it emerged that he had met the EU president as Brexit negotiations came to a head.

Further talks were scheduled to take place at number 10 today ahead of Ms von der Leyen's proposed audience with the King.

Further talks were scheduled to take place at number 10 today ahead of Ms von der Leyen’s proposed audience with the King.

The King’s meeting with the European president at such a sensitive time would have been highly unusual, and is likely to raise questions about the judgment of both number 10 and the Palace.

Although the monarch would not have taken part in the political negotiations, his participation in any form would have given the impression that he had given his blessing to the deal.

There were even discussions about calling the deal the Windsor Agreement, according to Sky News.

Some may have hoped that the impression of royal authority would help win over unionists in Northern Ireland, whose support is crucial if new trade deals are to be agreed.

But he risked accusations that the prime minister was dragging the monarch into a controversial political issue.

The proposed audience with the King has now been canceled for unspecified reasons. Number 10 and Buckingham Palace declined to comment last night.

Downing Street was silent yesterday on a timetable for a deal, but a Whitehall source said it was likely to come “within the next 72 hours”, or even tomorrow.

Cabinet ministers have been placed on hold for a possible conference call to discuss details this weekend, and lawmakers believe a deal could be tabled in parliament on Monday.

The prime minister is close to finalizing the details of a new trade deal to govern Northern Ireland, despite warnings that it could destabilize his rule.

The prime minister is close to finalizing the details of a new trade deal to govern Northern Ireland, despite warnings that it could destabilize his rule.

Sunak is also expected to hold further talks with DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson in a bid to win his backing.

Sunak is also expected to hold further talks with DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson in a bid to win his backing.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly insisted yesterday that Sunak is

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly insisted yesterday that Sunak is “not going to sign” a Brexit deal that does not meet the DUP’s demands.

However, it is unclear when, or even if, lawmakers will vote on the deal. A senior Conservative, who met the prime minister this week, discouraged him from raising it with lawmakers, saying: “If you take a vote, it just cements divisions.”

Sunak is also expected to hold further talks with DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson in a bid to win his backing.

Eurosceptic lawmakers, including Boris Johnson, have signaled they might try to vote against the deal if the prime minister gives too much ground to Brussels, with threats to resign.

But Foreign Secretary James Cleverly insisted yesterday that Sunak is “not going to sign” a Brexit deal that does not meet the DUP’s demands.

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