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Brexit talks don’t get breakthrough, continue on summit eve

President Macron to welcome Germany's Angela Merkel amid Brexit brinkmanship Brexit deal 'possible this week': Irish minister
Robin Buchanan | 16 October, 2019, 22:18

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier mentioned Tuesday take care of Britain could possibly be reached this week, however warned extra robust talks are nonetheless wanted.

It raised the prospect that negotiations could carry on after this week, with the possibility of an emergency European Union summit at the end of the month to finally approve any 11th hour agreement. However, if a significant political change takes place in the United Kingdom then that could potentially justify a discussion on an extension if we were asked for it, ' France's Amelie de Montchalin said.

'Even if an agreement has been hard, more and more hard, it's still possible this week, ' Barnier told reporters on arriving in Luxembourg.

Kenneth Broux, a corporate FX strategist at Societe Generale, said he expected the pound to rally to $1.30 and even $1.35 if a deal gets through parliament, where Johnson lost his majority just weeks into his term.

DUP leader Arlene Foster said the party had not yet consented to a deal.

These provisions would limit the UK's ability to diverge from the European Union across a whole range of areas, including competition policy, employment rights, environmental standards and state aid.

Spelling out agenda: The Queen's Speech in the UK Parliament yesterday outlined 20 bills planned by Boris Johnson's government.

"The Prime Minister said there was a way forward for a deal that could secure all our interests. but that there is still a significant amount of work to get there and we must remain prepared to leave (without a deal) on October 31", a spokeswoman from Johnson's office said.


However, Barnier, was quoted as telling a closed-door meeting of the European Commission earlier in the day he was "optimistic" about chances of getting a deal on Wednesday.

Barnier said earlier that while an agreement was still possible this week, it was still possible and it was "high time to turn good intentions in a legal text".

"But whether we will be able to conclude a revised Withdrawal Agreement, which is an worldwide treaty, in time for the summit, that's as of now unclear".

Mr Grieve said: "He's going to have to extend". Johnson will be told to seek an extension to European Union membership, but he has sworn not to delay Brexit further and a legal battle will probably follow.

An explainer about why the Irish border has been the biggest sticking point.

That could force another extension of the date for the United Kingdom's split from the 27 other member states, the third since Britons voted in a June 2016 referendum to quit the EU.

Officials in London described the demands of the three different parties - the EU, Conservative Brexit supporters and the DUP - as trying fit together the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.

The small Northern Irish party supporting Britain's minority government said further work was required to get a deal through. The single market can not be infringed and we want continued peace in Ireland and Northern Ireland'.


He said that adds pressure and raises expectation and "I don't think that's helpful".

"We'll have to see if it's enough to be turned into a legal text".

"We need to give them space to proceed".

The news came as negotiators continued talks this morning in an attempt to have a deal agreed before the beginning of the two-day European summit on Thursday.

At home, Mr Varadkar and Mr Coveney will today update Cabinet on the state of play in Brexit.

A source said: "There are still major hurdles to overcome and no one should underestimate the scale of the challenge to secure agreement and redraft a treaty in time for the European Council".

He added: "I confirm that the government will abide by what it set out in that letter".

That could mean yet another delay to Britain's departure, now due to take place on October 31.


British and European negotiators on Sunday played down hopes of a rapid breakthrough in their last-ditch bid to strike an amicable Brexit divorce deal.

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