Monday evening news briefing: The red herring in Brexit talks

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing - on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. UK offers to drop law-breaking parts of Brexit bill Britain has extended an olive branch to the EU. The Government said it is prepared to remove three law-breaking clauses from the UK Internal Market Bill, which is returning to the Commons. Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove met his counterpart in Brussels today over lingering Irish border issues. The discussions are in parallel to the Brexit trade deal talks taking place nearby. Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier and the UK's Lord Frost are seeking to break the stalemate - with just over three weeks until the end of the transition period. Mr Barnier told MEPs that Wednesday is the deadline for a deal - but that might not be the true cut-off. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen are assessing whether a deal can be salvaged this afternoon - their second call in 48 hours. Follow the fallout. Fishing rights remain a thorny issue, with Downing Street confirming they are still under discussion. The UK told European Commission negotiators that fishing boats must be majority British owned to benefit from the larger catch in UK waters after Brexit. Brussels Correspondent James Crisp says EU diplomatic sources claimed Britain is attempting to "nationalise" fishing boats. Patrick O'Flynn argues the issue of fish is a red herring in the Brexit negotiations - something upon which many Telegraph readers can agree. These are the remaining sticking points. Fears London will be plunged into Tier 3 next week Coronavirus cases in London are continuing to rise, sparking concerns the capital will be plunged into Tier 3 next week. The seven-day rolling average of all cases across the city's boroughs is ticking up again after a period of decline in the second half of November. It has led to fears that tougher measures may be announced when the allocation of tiers is reviewed on Wednesday, December 16. The R rate in London is also above the England-wide average. Read how daily life is affected by Tier 3 restrictions and search for Covid cases in your area by postcode. Bob Dylan sells entire back catalogue to Universal The times are a-changin'. Universal Music has acquired Bob Dylan's entire back catalogue. The agreement - one of the largest in recent years - covers the copyrights to 600 of the 79-year-old US musician's tracks spanning his six-decade career, from 1962's Blowin' In The Wind to this year's acclaimed Murder Most Foul. Read more about how Dylan's catalogue was acquired from the artist himself for an estimated £220m. At a glance: Latest coronavirus headlines   Also in the news: Today's other headlines New royal legal action | Prince Harry has launched a new libel action against Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Mail on Sunday - the sixth lawsuit filed by him or his wife in little more than a year. Victoria Ward reports on High Court documents. Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were named joint patrons of NHS Charities Together as they arrived in Scotland for the first stop on their Christmas tour of the UK. View a gallery of the best pictures from the royal train. Around the world: Hundreds hit by 'mystery illness' One person has died and more than 300 hospitalised with a "mystery illness" in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Patients at hospitals in the town of Eluru are suffering from nausea, burning eyes and seizures. Marcus Parekh reports on the possible causes after all the known sufferers tested negative for Covid-19 and several other diseases. Monday interview: 'Glyndebourne's loyal patrons saved us' Glyndebourne boss Sarah Hopwood tells Marianka Swan how members helped plug a £7million hole, about ruinous quarantine rules - and why 2021 will not be "business as usual". Read the full interview. Sarah Hopwood, managing director of Glyndebourne Credit: James Bellorini  Comment and analysis Editor's choice: Features and arts 'Roald the Rotten' | 'Roald Dahl's life was tainted by anti-Semitism - but his work is not' Marriage Diaries | 'I want a quiet Covid Christmas, but my wife has invited everyone' Best TV moments of 2020 | From the Queen's rallying cry to Phillip Schofield coming out Business and money briefing 'Time is short' | Mike Ashley's Frasers Group has warned that unless talks with Debenhams can be concluded swiftly, it may not be able to save the collapsed retailer. An update from Frasers was likely to revive hopes among 12,000 staff, but underlined that time is of the essence.   Sport briefing Reviewing a year of rugby | England were not particularly convincing in their second final in 13 months, but have progressed over a tough year. Charlie Morgan looks at how they are rebuilding World Cup wreckage.   Tonight's TV The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown, BBC One, 8.50pm |

Monday evening news briefing: The red herring in Brexit talks

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing - on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp.

UK offers to drop law-breaking parts of Brexit bill

Britain has extended an olive branch to the EU. The Government said it is prepared to remove three law-breaking clauses from the UK Internal Market Bill, which is returning to the Commons. Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove met his counterpart in Brussels today over lingering Irish border issues. The discussions are in parallel to the Brexit trade deal talks taking place nearby. Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier and the UK's Lord Frost are seeking to break the stalemate - with just over three weeks until the end of the transition period. Mr Barnier told MEPs that Wednesday is the deadline for a deal - but that might not be the true cut-off. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen are assessing whether a deal can be salvaged this afternoon - their second call in 48 hours. Follow the fallout.

Fishing rights remain a thorny issue, with Downing Street confirming they are still under discussion. The UK told European Commission negotiators that fishing boats must be majority British owned to benefit from the larger catch in UK waters after Brexit. Brussels Correspondent James Crisp says EU diplomatic sources claimed Britain is attempting to "nationalise" fishing boatsPatrick O'Flynn argues the issue of fish is a red herring in the Brexit negotiations - something upon which many Telegraph readers can agree. These are the remaining sticking points.

Fears London will be plunged into Tier 3 next week

Coronavirus cases in London are continuing to rise, sparking concerns the capital will be plunged into Tier 3 next week. The seven-day rolling average of all cases across the city's boroughs is ticking up again after a period of decline in the second half of November. It has led to fears that tougher measures may be announced when the allocation of tiers is reviewed on Wednesday, December 16. The R rate in London is also above the England-wide average. Read how daily life is affected by Tier 3 restrictions and search for Covid cases in your area by postcode.

Bob Dylan sells entire back catalogue to Universal

The times are a-changin'. Universal Music has acquired Bob Dylan's entire back catalogue. The agreement - one of the largest in recent years - covers the copyrights to 600 of the 79-year-old US musician's tracks spanning his six-decade career, from 1962's Blowin' In The Wind to this year's acclaimed Murder Most FoulRead more about how Dylan's catalogue was acquired from the artist himself for an estimated £220m.

At a glance: Latest coronavirus headlines  

Also in the news: Today's other headlines

New royal legal action | Prince Harry has launched a new libel action against Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Mail on Sunday - the sixth lawsuit filed by him or his wife in little more than a year. Victoria Ward reports on High Court documents. Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were named joint patrons of NHS Charities Together as they arrived in Scotland for the first stop on their Christmas tour of the UK. View a gallery of the best pictures from the royal train.

Around the world: Hundreds hit by 'mystery illness'

One person has died and more than 300 hospitalised with a "mystery illness" in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Patients at hospitals in the town of Eluru are suffering from nausea, burning eyes and seizures. Marcus Parekh reports on the possible causes after all the known sufferers tested negative for Covid-19 and several other diseases.

Monday interview: 'Glyndebourne's loyal patrons saved us'

Glyndebourne boss Sarah Hopwood tells Marianka Swan how members helped plug a £7million hole, about ruinous quarantine rules - and why 2021 will not be "business as usual". Read the full interview.

Sarah Hopwood, managing director of Glyndebourne Credit: James Bellorini 

Comment and analysis

Editor's choice: Features and arts

  1. 'Roald the Rotten' | 'Roald Dahl's life was tainted by anti-Semitism - but his work is not'
  2. Marriage Diaries | 'I want a quiet Covid Christmas, but my wife has invited everyone'
  3. Best TV moments of 2020 | From the Queen's rallying cry to Phillip Schofield coming out

Business and money briefing

'Time is short' | Mike Ashley's Frasers Group has warned that unless talks with Debenhams can be concluded swiftly, it may not be able to save the collapsed retailer. An update from Frasers was likely to revive hopes among 12,000 staff, but underlined that time is of the essence.  

Sport briefing

Reviewing a year of rugby | England were not particularly convincing in their second final in 13 months, but have progressed over a tough year. Charlie Morgan looks at how they are rebuilding World Cup wreckage.  

Tonight's TV

The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown, BBC One, 8.50pm | Dawn French throws herself into the part with her usual gusto. View more options for tonight's TV.

And finally... for this evening's downtime

Meet Instagram's 'Lido Ladies' | With pools across Britain unable to allow people in during lockdown, the "Lido Ladies" found solace in the world of outdoor swimming. Read how what started as a quick dip in the lido became "like a prayer every morning".