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UK News Johnson heads for crunch EU summit as deal talks continue

05:45  17 october  2019
05:45  17 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Johnson and Varadkar see 'pathway' to Brexit deal after talks

  Johnson and Varadkar see 'pathway' to Brexit deal after talks Boris Johnson and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar have agreed there is a "pathway to a possible deal" following "detailed and constructive" Brexit talks.The two premiers met at Thornton Manor in Wirral on Thursday for what their offices billed as a "private meeting" ahead of next week's summit of EU leaders in Brussels.

Efforts to reach a Brexit deal before Thursday's summit of European leaders are continuing in Brussels. If the Commons backs a deal , the PM's spokesman said Mr Johnson would expect MPs to "work around Image caption Talks between the EU and the UK, led by envoy David Frost, pictured

EU and UK officials will resume Brexit talks this morning in the hopes of reaching a deal that can be agreed by leaders at a key summit on Thursday. Another Brexiteer, former Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson, told the Sun he would wait to see the full details of a deal , but added that a

a blue and white striped shirt: Prime Minister Boris Johnson to attend EU summit (Stefan Rousseau/PA) © Stefan Rousseau Prime Minister Boris Johnson to attend EU summit (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Boris Johnson is heading to Brussels for a crunch EU summit on Thursday as he tries to get a Brexit deal breakthrough across the line.

After a roller coaster few days of political twists and turns when an agreement seemed within touching distance, talks continued as the Prime Minister faced his EU counterpart before an expected Parliamentary showdown Saturday.

The PM’s hopes of an end to the deal deadlock on Wednesday night were dashed as Tory allies the DUP appeared to dig in against elements of the proposed agreement.

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.

UK and EU negotiating teams will meet later as efforts to reach a deal before a crunch summit this week continue . After talks in Brussels this weekend, EU Home Office minister Victoria Atkins said she believed a deal could be reached by the 31 October deadline. She told BBC Radio 4’s Today

The German chancellor said that the talks between the UK and the EU were "in the final stretch" and that the news from Brussels boosted her belief that a deal would It remained unclear late Wednesday whether EU leaders would be able to sign off on a deal at a crunch summit starting Thursday as no

The DUP is unhappy with the prospect of a customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, as well as issues of consent regarding the suspended Stormont assembly.

Another sticking point in the proposed agreement appeared to be whether EU VAT rates would apply in Northern Ireland.

Talks between the UK and EU looked set to go down to the wire before the EU heads of government gathering.

Mr Johnson needs to get an agreement approved at the summit if he is to avert a major political bust-up over asking Brussels to delay Brexit beyond the scheduled October 31 deadline.

A compromise could see the leaders looking at a political agreement, rather than a legal text.

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Tolga Akmen/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Tolga Akmen/PA)

However, the PM could take some comfort from the stance of arch-Brexiteer Conservative MP Steve Baker.

Brexit deal deadlock: Boris Johnson battles to win approval from the DUP ahead of EU summit

  Brexit deal deadlock: Boris Johnson battles to win approval from the DUP ahead of EU summit DUP and hardline Brexiteers threaten PM's plans on eve of meeting with EU leaders in BrusselsThe Prime Minister was locked in talks with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in an attempt to secure its backing for his plans before he heads to a meeting of European Union leaders at a council summit later on Thursday.

BORIS Johnson is battling to bridge a “significant” gap between the EU and Ulster unionists ahead of a showdown day for his Brexit deal . A midnight deadline to finalise the PM’s fledgling agreement with the EU was missed as negotiators in Brussels went on talking late into the night.

The EU negotiator raised hopes that an agreement could be on the cards as he went to update ministers from across the block on the progress of talks . Negotiators have been working around the clock to try and come to an agreement ahead of this week's crunch European Council summit on

After a meeting in Downing Street, the chairman of the pro-Brexit European Research Group (ERG) told Sky News: “We have made great progress in our discussions with Number 10.

“We know there will be compromises, but we will be looking at this deal in minute detail, with a view to supporting it.

“But until we get that text, we can’t say.”

During a brief address to the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers on Wednesday, Mr Johnson compared the situation to climbing Mount Everest, according to MPs who attended.

Referring to the Prime Minister, leading Brexiteer Mark Francois said: “He said, ‘We are not quite at the summit, we are at the Hillary Step’.

“‘The summit is not far but at the moment there is still cloud around the summit’.”

Stephen Barclay walking down a street next to a tree: Exiting the European Union Secretary Stephen Barclay (Victoria Jones/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Exiting the European Union Secretary Stephen Barclay (Victoria Jones/PA)

Earlier on Wednesday, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay confirmed that Mr Johnson will write a letter asking for an Article 50 extension if no deal is in place by Saturday, something the Prime Minister has repeatedly ruled out.

The PM has promised that Britain will quit the bloc on Halloween “do or die”.

DUP leader Arlene Foster moved to reject a suggestion that her party had accepted the latest proposals in the deal regarding Northern Ireland consent issues.

She tweeted: “Discussions continue. Needs to be a sensible deal which unionists and nationalists can support.”

MPs could decide on Thursday whether whether Parliament will sit on Saturday after the EU summit.

Their approval for such a move would allow Mr Johnson to put any deal to MPs in a proposed extraordinary sitting of Parliament on Saturday, between 9.30am and 2pm.

Saturday is a key date for the Prime Minister as the Benn Act passed by MPs  trying to prevent a no-deal Brexit states he must write to Brussels asking for a delay if Parliament does not agree to a deal by then.

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.

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