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The Daily Telegraph’s Brexit lead reports speculation from EU sources that although the PM’s visit to Brussels may secure a trade deal, it could also be “intended purely to show that he tried everything he could to get a deal even if he expects to come home empty-handed”. But a British insider close to the talks insisted the meeting between Mr Johnson and Mrs von der Leyen “will not be window dressing” as the pair “will have to do some negotiating themselves”. The paper suggests Mr Johnson will be taking a “huge gamble by entering the lions’s den” in Brussels for the first time since becoming prime minister – which it says his predecessors Theresa May and David Cameron “failed to conquer, to their ultimate cost”.