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UK News The Latest: Brexit negotiators facing critical few hours

13:50  15 october  2019
13:50  15 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Brexit deal on brink of collapse as EU leaders reject Boris Johnson's proposals amid feud between UK and EU

  Brexit deal on brink of collapse as EU leaders reject Boris Johnson's proposals amid feud between UK and EU The Prime Minister will meet the Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this week in a final attempt to find a solution to issue of the Irish borderAlthough both sides insisted that they remained committed to negotiating a deal, the chances of a breakthrough appeared more remote than ever after the German Chancellor Angela Merkel flatly rejected Boris Johnson’s Brexit blueprint.

Few doubt that the talks are entering a critical phase. A European Union official said that the intensification translated in practical terms into more discussions at the technical level beginning late Friday and going through the weekend. The hope is that the negotiators can reach a breakthrough

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier was reported to be disappointed by the lack of progress in the talks. Barnier told diplomats for the member states that the latest British customs proposals for the Irish border remained an “untested” risk that the bloc could not countenance.

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) © Provided by The Associated Press European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney says Brexit negotiators are facing a critical few hours to see if they can deliver a deal ahead of a summit of European Union leaders on Thursday.

Brexit latest: EU leaders suggest more time is needed to reach deal as last-minute talks fail to result in agreement

  Brexit latest: EU leaders suggest more time is needed to reach deal as last-minute talks fail to result in agreement Leo Varadkar said negotiators were 'making progress' but there are 'many issues' still to be resolvedIrish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said negotiators were "making progress" in the talks but that as the time is running out before a crucial meeting of leaders on Thursday, there were still "many issues" yet to be resolved.

What is Brexit ? Brexit - British exit - refers to the UK leaving the EU. What is the Brexit deal? The deal consisted of a withdrawal agreement - which set out the terms for the "divorce" process. There was also a political declaration - which outlined the future relationship between the UK and EU.

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He said that from the EU side, the belief is that "this is difficult, but it is doable."

He said the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, noted to EU ministers that there had been "progress in the last number of days" but that there will need to be "significant progress today" to secure a deal in time.

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks with the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) © Provided by The Associated Press European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks with the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU leaders begin their two-day summit on Thursday and want to avoid any negotiations about the precise details of any Brexit agreement.

Brexit talks inch closer to a deal ahead of summit

  Brexit talks inch closer to a deal ahead of summit BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain inched ever closer to a Brexit deal, with the leaders of France and Germany saying they expected an agreement could be sealed at Thursday's EU summit. Positive vibes radiated from French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint news conference Wednesday in Toulouse, France, where Merkel said that negotiations were "in the final stretch." Macron added that "I want toPositive vibes radiated from French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint news conference Wednesday in Toulouse, France, where Merkel said that negotiations were "in the final stretch.

Brexit talks between the United Kingdom and the European Union continued until late on Monday and will begin again on Tuesday morning but that is routine and nothing to get You can read all the latest Guardian politics articles here. Here is the Politico Europe roundup of this morning’s political news.

Follow the latest political developments after the UK and Irish leaders agreed there was a ‘pathway But let our negotiators get on.” The DUP has said it will only support a Brexit deal that is in "Tunnel" negotiations describe a Brussels process whereby a small group of negotiators hold discussions in

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) © Provided by The Associated Press European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

There has been talk that there could be another emergency EU leaders' summit in the run-up to the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline.

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11:55 a.m.

Britain's chief Brexit minister has made a last-minute trip to meet European Union colleagues and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has postponed a Cabinet meeting — signs that talks on an EU divorce deal are reaching a critical point.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay flew Tuesday to Luxembourg, where EU ministers are meeting with the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier.

The Latest: Customs, VAT issues seen holding up Brexit deal

  The Latest: Customs, VAT issues seen holding up Brexit deal BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on Brexit (all times local): 10:50 p.m. The European Parliament's chief Brexit official says that over the coming hours in the run-up to the EU summit "there are possibilities for an agreement, but it is not done." He says customs and VAT matters are the remaining big issues to resolve. Guy Verhofstadt on Wednesday praised the "fundamental shift" of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during the past week of intense negotiations. He said earlier British proposals "were absolutely unacceptable.

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Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator , debriefed ambassadors "It's important now that our negotiators on both sides get into proper talks about how to sort this thing out." In a joint statement, both leaders described the two- hour meeting as a "detailed and constructive discussion" where "they

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) © Provided by The Associated Press European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Barclay said as he arrived that talks needed "space to proceed." He said "detailed conversations are underway and a deal is still very possible."

Britain's weekly Cabinet meeting has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday, so Johnson can give ministers a better idea of progress.

Few details have emerged about the substance of talks, which center on keeping an open border between EU member Ireland and the U.K.'s Northern Ireland.

Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on Oct. 31.

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11:10 a.m.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is likening the effort to break the Brexit deadlock to "squaring the circle," but is vowing to work until the last moment to secure an orderly British withdrawal from the European Union.

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Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will also give an update to EU ministers ahead of the European Council summit at the end of the week. Mr Johnson will then write to the EU requesting a Brexit delay if Parliament does not approve a deal on Saturday.

The changes include a new, responsive design featuring extended- hours data and more news. The pound was rallying Monday even as analysts warned the U.K. government was in danger of collapse after Brexit Secretary David Davis’s resignation.

Merkel pointed to the difficulties of reconciling the U.K.'s desire to leave the EU customs union with the need to maintain an open border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In a speech to German machinery makers, she said that "what they are trying to negotiate is something like squaring the circle, and it is very, very complicated."

She added that "we will work until the last minute for an orderly British withdrawal" but insisted that the EU is also prepared if no deal is reached.

Merkel said "one thing is clear already now." Britain, she said, will develop into "another competitor on Europe's doorstep and that will require the European Union even more strongly to be competitive and to take geopolitical responsibility."

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8:45 a.m.

The European Union's Brexit negotiator says a divorce deal with the United Kingdom is still possible this week but that the British government needs to come forward with a legal text.

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks with the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) © Provided by The Associated Press European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks with the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Michel Barnier said ahead of a meeting with EU foreign ministers that the main challenge now is to turn British proposals on the complex issue of the border on the island of Ireland into something binding.

Northern Ireland’s DUP rejects Brexit deal, threatens EU talks’ optimism

  Northern Ireland’s DUP rejects Brexit deal, threatens EU talks’ optimism Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party announced Thursday it cannot support Boris Johnson's current Brexit plan, dealing a major blow to the British prime minister just hours before a crunch EU summit. "As things stand, we could not support what is being suggested on customs and consent issues, and there is a lack of clarity on VAT (value added tax)," the DUP, which backs Johnson's government, said in a brief statement on Twitter. "We will"As things stand, we could not support what is being suggested on customs and consent issues, and there is a lack of clarity on VAT (value added tax)," the DUP, which backs Johnson's government, said in a brief statement on Twitter.

Europe’s chief Brexit negotiator , Michel Barnier, has raised the prospect of the UK remaining under EU control until the end of 2022, a proposal that would cost billions and infuriate Tory Brexiters. The length of the extension is still to be finalised by negotiators .

Negotiating teams meet again after all sides warn there is still a lot of work to do to find agreement. Efforts to reach a Brexit deal before Thursday's summit of European leaders are continuing in Brussels. Negotiators from both sides are trying to bridge what senior EU official Michel Barnier called "big gaps".

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks with the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) © Provided by The Associated Press European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks with the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Barnier said it is "high time to turn good intentions into a legal text."

EU leaders are meeting for a two-day summit in Brussels from Thursday. Brexit will top the agenda as the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline looms.

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks with the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) © Provided by The Associated Press European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks with the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

"Even if an agreement will be difficult — more and more difficult, we think — it is still possible this week," Barnier said.

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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks with the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) © Provided by The Associated Press European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks with the media as he arrives for a meeting of EU General Affairs ministers, Article 50, at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier is in Luxembourg on Tuesday to brief ministers on the state of play for Brexit. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Johnson faces threat of deal being scuppered within the next 48 hours .
Boris Johnson told his MPs on Wednesday he was hopeful of a deal, but felt like he was on the Hillary Step of Everest, while the summit was "shrouded in mist".Boris Johnson told his MPs on Wednesday he was hopeful of a deal, but felt like he was on the Hillary Step of Everest, while the summit was "shrouded in mist".

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