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Belgium says it will not approve EU-Canada trade deal

Prime Minister Charles Michel said he would continue talks aimed at reviving the deal Credit: Reuters

Belgium said it had been unable to clear the way to approve an EU-Canada trade deal because a single region remains opposed.

"I have officially told Tusk that we have no agreement," said Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel after a meeting with regional leaders in Wallonia.

The Walloping's implacable opposition threatens to derail the CETA trade agreement that was seven years in the making.

Canda said it was "impossible" to continue talks last week, while the EU had given Belgium until Monday to hold crisis talks in the hope of reaching a compromise.

Michel said he was still open to dialogue with leaders in Wallonia, and that it was too early to say whether CETA was dead.

The breakdown of the talks has also highlighted the challenges faced by Theresa May as she attempt's to strike her own deal with the EU after the vote for Brexit.


MP demands border security boost after 'Jungle' closure

An estimated 6,500 people are being evicted from the 'Jungle' camp. Credit: Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

Britain should boost its border security as French authorities move to demolish the Calais 'Jungle' refugee camp, an MP has warned.

Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke said the UK must be prepared for a surge in migrants making a last-ditch bid to reach the UK.

He was speaking as an estimated 6,500 people who have been living in the camp began a mass exodus, with refugees and migrants registering for accommodation centres elsewhere in France after being told to leave or risk arrest and deportation.

People will be more desperate than ever to see if they can break into Britain, it's important that border security is stepped up at this time...

Whatever happens, we need to be prepared for every eventuality and we need to take control.

That means we need to invest in the Dover controls, intelligence, security on the English channel, as well as better roads to Dover.

It is in the interests of Dover and Calais that Britain and France work together to end the Calais migrant magnet.

– Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke

Meanwhile, Commons Home Affairs Committee chairwoman Yvette Cooper said there were still children in the camp with family in the UK who were now at risk of falling into the hands of people traffickers.

She told the BBC: "That's what's really worrying because once the clearances start we know that there is a significant risk that many of those children and young people just disappear."


Timing announced for Gov't airport expansion statement

The Government will choose between expansion at Heathrow (pictured) or Gatwick Airport. Credit: PA Wire

The Government will deliver a statement on its plans for airport expansion in south east England to MPs before midday on Tuesday.

A Number 10 spokeswoman confirmed Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will speak in Parliament at around 11.30am on the issue which has led to fierce Cabinet debate after decades of disagreement.

Mr Grayling said on Sunday any of the three options - new runways at Heathrow or Gatwick, or extending an existing runway at Heathrow - would "open up new opportunities" for Britain post Brexit.

'Jungle' residents asked where in France they want to go to

Refugees and migrants from the "Jungle" camp in Calais are being asked which region of France they wish to be sent to.

Residents of the camp are then issued with a coloured wristband and assigned to buses to take them to temporary centres across the country.

ITV News Producer Ellie Swinton is in Calais:

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On Tuesday 60 buses filled with residents will leave the camp, with more planned for later in the week.

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