Negotiators after ten hours of consultation: were almost there, on Monday

The four negotiating parties VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie have ended their consultations tonight without concluding. They hope there will be a coalition agreement soon, but no one is venturing to a date. There will be no negotiation this weekend, Monday morning they will continue again.

โ€œWere almost there,โ€ said CDA leader Hoekstra after a long day of negotiation, from noon to 10pm in the evening. He talks about a โ€œuseful and productiveโ€ day, just like the two days before. D66 leader Kaag also came out optimistically. Shes in good hope for a Christmas accord. But, she reiterated, โ€œThings arent ready until the final dots are on the i.โ€

Yesterday it became clear that the negotiators are close to an agreement. They are expected to present the agreement early next week. โ€œI hope so, were going to see it,โ€ CU leader Segers said about that. VVD leader Rutte didnt want to say anything afterwards.

There is no negotiation on the weekend, because the CDA has a party congress and there is a consultation on Sunday in the Catshuis about whether or not to extend the current corona measures, such as the evening lockdown. Sunday is also a rest day for the ChristenUnie.