Brexit trade deal imminent, may come Wednesday - senior EU diplomat

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A trade deal between Britain and the European Union is imminent and could be agreed as early as Wednesday evening, a senior EU diplomat said.

The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said EU member states would have to approve a provisional application of the deal with effect from Jan. 1 because there is not enough time for it to be ratified by the European Parliament.

(Reporting by John Chalmers, Editing by Gabriela Baczynska)