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UK News Brexit deal 'almost there' as crunch talks go on

06:20  17 october  2019
06:20  17 october  2019 Source:   france24.com

Commons Set For Emergency Saturday Sitting On Crunch Brexit Deadline Day

  Commons Set For Emergency Saturday Sitting On Crunch Brexit Deadline Day MPs are expected to meet in the Commons on Saturday October 19 - the deadline by which Boris Johnson has to either agree a Brexit deal or ask for an extension to Article 50. It will be only the fifth time the Commons has met on a Saturday since World War II. The government is expected to ask MPs to sit regardless of whether the prime minister has secured an agreement on an exit deal at next week’s crucial EU summit. The EU Council meeting inIt will be only the fifth time the Commons has met on a Saturday since World War II.

A BREXIT deal between Britain and the EU is still possible this week, Michel Barnier insisted this morning. Negotiators have been working around the clock to try and come to an agreement ahead of this week's crunch European Council summit on Thursday.

On Tuesday there were reports a deal was imminent amid claims the UK had made concessions over the Irish border. Mr Johnson is facing a race against the clock to reach a new Brexit deal before the two-day gathering of EU leaders. Any deal will need to be published - along with a legal text - if the

a person holding a sign © Toby Melville, REUTERS

British and EU negotiators worked late into the night into Thursday in the hopes of presenting a last-minute Brexit deal to leaders meeting for a crunch European summit.

Both sides said they were close to finding a basis for a treaty to ensure Britain heads for a managed withdrawal from the European bloc it has been part of for nearly half a century.

But officials had to iron out details on how British-ruled Northern Ireland would remain under the European VAT regime.

It was also not clear if British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be able to sell the deal at home.

EU negotiator Michel Barnier said simply that there had been "good progress, and work is ongoing" as he briefed a late-night gathering of leading MEPs on the eve of the summit.

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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 There are swathes and swathes of technicalities going on here. One cabinet minister, who was briefed by the prime minister on Sunday, even told me

UK and EU officials are continuing technical talks , but A government source has told the BBC there will be "no deal tonight", as officials continue to work on the technical details in Brussels. The UK and EU had been hoping to sign off a revised Brexit deal before Thursday's crunch EU council meeting.

But other European sources warned it was not a done deal. They suggested Johnson was struggling to win the support of his allies from Northern Ireland's loyalist Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

One EU source said the putative agreement "is politically fragile in London". But Downing Street denied reports the DUP would be the problem and said some details remain to be worked out in Brussels.

"We're almost there," one European official said, adding: "Everything is resolved except the application of VAT in Northern Ireland."

European officials close to the talks said a deal was unlikely overnight, but that EU ambassadors would meet early Thursday before the 28 EU leaders arrive for their two-day European Council summit.

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CRUNCH TALKS . Mr Barnier later met the ambassadors of the 27 other EU countries Is summit going on ? BoJo talks DUP into climbdown sparking negotiations for Brexit deal . Boris Johnson says there 's a 'pathway' to Brexit agreement ALL of the UK will leave - but admits it's 'not a done deal '.

Talks went on until 1.30am Brussels time last night and have started up again this morning already EMMANUEL Macron has said a Brexit deal can be signed off tomorrow as Boris Johnson told MPs " There is a chance of securing a good deal but we are not there yet and there remain outstanding

There was scepticism in Brussels that a final legal text could be completed before the end of the summit, but leaders may give political approval first to open the way for a binding, legal agreement to be finalised in the weeks to come.

Meanwhile, the leaders were hoping that the summit could rise above the Brexit mire and focus also on a fractious EU budget debate, bids by North Macedonia and Albania to start talks to join the bloc, and the crisis in relations with Turkey.

A deal to avoid 'chaos'

European leaders hoped to decide whether to give the go-ahead to officials to draw up a final withdrawal treaty with Britain.

"The basic foundations of an agreement are ready and in theory ... we could accept this deal with Great Britain and avoid the chaos and the misfortune linked to an uncontrolled, chaotic exit," Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said on Poland's TVN24 news.

Johnson heads for crunch EU summit as deal talks continue

  Johnson heads for crunch EU summit as deal talks continue Negotiations look set to go down to the wire.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.

Otherwise, the Brexit crisis that has sapped UK politics for the past three years could worsen, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could make good on a vow European sources warned it was not a done deal , with one stressing " talks continue" and another declaring: " There is still no white smoke."

If there is no deal to present to Parliament by Saturday the Benn Act requires the prime minister to ask for a further Brexit delay. It may be that if the negotiations edge forward he can present that as a "technical extension" which will allow a Brexit talks continue in Brussels ahead of crunch summit.

Johnson told his cabinet there was "a chance of securing a good deal but we are not there yet and there remain outstanding issues," a Downing Street spokesman said.

Irish leader Leo Varadkar, while positive about an outcome, suggested it might take to "the end of this month" to reach a final agreement.

'Committed to leaving'

The two-day EU summit is due to begin late Thursday, but the Brexit issue could be delayed to Friday if the deal's text needs more work.

Johnson has promised to take the UK out of the European Union on October 31, with or without a divorce agreement to maintain orderly economic ties with its former partners.

A British government audit, published Wednesday, added weight to fears of a economic breakdown in the event of a "no deal" exit, forecasting a 45-65 percent cut in cross-Channel trade for up to a year.

Against this background, Britain's Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay insisted: "We're committed to leaving... on October 31. We think the best way of doing that is with a deal, to leave in a smooth and orderly way."

More intense talks resumed this week after Britain softened its stance on the customs status of its province Northern Ireland in order to clinch an accord before the summit.

An EU diplomatic source told AFP that, under the deal being negotiated, Northern Ireland would remain in the EU's value-added tax (VAT) area to ensure smooth trade with EU member Ireland.

However, that would require a new mechanism because the UK will be operating with its own VAT rules.

(AFP)

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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