Brexit trade talks could go beyond Christmas – Taoiseach

The Taoiseach has warned post-Brexit trade negotiations could go beyond Christmas Day.

There's still no agreement between the EU and UK as the time before the deadline ticks down.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin says there may not be an outcome before Friday...........

Meanwhile, NHS leaders in the UK are calling on the government there to extend the Brexit transition period, because of fears over what "no-deal" could mean for the Covid-19 crisis.

They're asking for it to be delayed for a month, to protect patients and avoid a cliff-edge moment on the first day of the new year.

But a UK government spokesperson says the healthcare system will "thrive" after the transition period.