Top government official Larry the cat will not give his blessing to the pending EU-UK trade agreement, as it reportedly contains mention of the bloc's birds-protection rules. It is a clear red-line for the moggie.
A Brexit deal is tantalisingly close but it will have to survive without the support of one of Downing Street's most influential figures. Larry will break with Prime Minister Boris Johnson if the Birds Directive is included in the final text.
Close confidants of the feline told Le Chou that Larry "feels personally betrayed by the PM". The puss was caught by Westminster press hunting down a pigeon this morning, in a clear sign of the tomcat's bubbling frustrations.
To make matters worse, the pigeon was able to escape Larry's clutches.