Brexit deal 'possible this week': Irish minister

Brexit deal 'possible this week': Irish minister

Brexit deal 'possible this week': Irish minister

If he can not get a deal by Saturday, Johnson will fall foul of a British law demanding he ask the European Union to delay Brexit for a third time rather than risk a potentially disastrous "no deal" departure.

Speaking to Euronews amid a new round of UK-EU negotiations underway on Monday, Simon Coveney said he believed there was "an understanding as to what that deal could look like", but that there was "still a big gap between the two sides".

If he succeeds, Britain will leave the bloc on October 31 with arrangements to minimize disruption at borders and preserve the complex supply chains that underpin swathes of the economy.

Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday that preventing a chaotic no-deal Brexit doesn't depend on European Union negotiator Michel Barnier, but whether Johnson brings a different attitude to Brussels. Then on October 11, Michel Barnier, the chief EU Brexit negotiator, announced that talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom will enter the so-called tunnel phase, where negotiators discuss the legal details of a deal in meetings where the offers and counteroffers are not disclosed to the press.

As EU ministers met in Luxembourg ahead of the leaders' summit, Johnson's planned legislative agenda was read out by Queen Elizabeth at the state opening of parliament.

Over the next six days, investors expect to get some clarity over whether a Brexit deal is achievable by October 31, or if another extension is required which will likely delay Britain's departure date to January 2020.

The Number 10 spokesman said Mr Johnson will have to decide by Wednesday whether to propose that Parliament convene on Saturday. "If the British ask for more time, which they probably will not, it would in my view be a historical nonsense to refuse them", Juncker told Austria's Kurier newspaper.

In a Cabinet conference call, he said they still had to be prepared to leave on Halloween without a deal.

The British government says it will deliver its annual budget on November 6, a week after the country is due to leave the European Union.

The sides fear that controls on the 500-km (300-mile) border with Northern Ireland would undermine the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which ended three decades of sectarian and political conflict that killed more than 3,600 people.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss the available options with French President Emmanuel Macron late Sunday.

Inside, British lawmakers will meet on a Saturday for the first time since the Falklands War in 1982. A vote is expected to take place in a rare Saturday session on October 19. Yet details are still under discussion and the prime minister's allies are urging lawmakers to give the British leader a chance.

The three main opposition parties - Labour, the Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrats - are expected to oppose any final Brexit deal he might get.

That leaves Johnson's hopes pinned to a gaggle of Labour rebels and the small celebration which notionally retains him in energy, Northern Eire's Democratic Unionist Get together.

Nigel Dodds, the leader of the DUP in the House of Commons, told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica: "There is a lot of stuff coming from Brussels, pushed by the Europeans in the last hours, but one thing is sure: Northern Ireland must remain fully part of the United Kingdom customs union".

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