EU rejects weekend Brexit talks

EU rejects weekend Brexit talks

EU rejects weekend Brexit talks

However, he later claimed that "time is tight" to secure a deal ahead of a European Council summit on 17 and 18 October. Ireland Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said in a statement that Johnson's "proposals do not fully meet the agreed objectives of the backstop". The paragraphs, according to Maugham, are from the written case of the prime minister.

Lawyer Jo Maugham - a Brexit opponent who is challenging Johnson in Scotland's top civil court - is trying to make sure all such loopholes are closed.

The Outer House is set to issue its ruling next Monday.

On a tour of Paris, Berlin and other capitals next week, Johnson will appeal directly to European Union leaders to support his new "compromise" plan, which he has described as a "fair" and "reasonable" offer.

The border between Ireland and Northern Ireland has been a stumbling block in the talks.

"And how that resolves itself in terms of Brexit, I think, will be a matter for the coming weeks for the negotiation team".

"If it's not possible Ireland has always said we would prefer an extension to no deal".

However, Mr Johnson's proposals were well-received by the likes of Margot James - who was one of the 21 Tory rebels expelled from the party last month - as well as Paul Scully of the European Research Group of Tory Eurosceptics.

Mr Tusk also spoke to Mr Varadkar on Thursday and delivered the message "we stand fully behind Ireland".

An extension needs unanimous support and some believe Johnson might approach a eurosceptic such as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for help.

Brussels has now given Johnson a deadline of just one week, until October 11, to come up with satisfactory proposals.

Johnson's top advisor said the government will be observing developments over the coming week but will not change its negotiating position, The Times reported. It does not mean we will extend.

Brandon Lewis, the security minister and a close ally of Johnson, indicated that the government is preparing a move to avoid a further extension but provided no details. "We can't simply say "yes" to them". Webster said there is no need for a court intervention since the government has made its intentions known.

"There is no aim in discussing hypothetical scenarios all the blueprint by the Benn Act".

One path included his ministers asking an European Union member state to block the unanimous approval needed for an extension, with Hungary cited as a likely ally to break European Union ranks.

The Prime Minister's Europe adviser, David Frost, has been in Brussels for technical talks with officials.

A European Commission spokesman said discussions between the two sides would not take place this weekend but the United Kingdom will be given "another opportunity to present its proposals in detail" on Monday - showing a clear motive to disrupt Brexit. "We're still a long way from that". "We will certainly work to this time frame", Coveney told journalists outside Hillsborough Castle.

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