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Michel Barnier rushes to London TONIGHT for crunch Brexit talks
Michel Barnier will arrive in London this evening ahead of crunch Brexit trade talks with Lord Frost tomorrow as the clock ticks down towards Boris Johnson's deadline for a breakthrough. The EU's chief negotiator is due to meet with his UK counterpart with less than a week to go until a European Council summit on October 15. Mr Johnson has said he wants the outline of a trade agreement to be in place before the summit in Brussels amid reports he will walk away from discussions next week if a path to an accord is not visible.
The EU’s chief negotiator has been given the “necessary flexibility” to continue Brexit deal talks, Ireland’s premier has said.
Micheal Martin said EU leaders had held “constructive” Brexit discussions in Brussels on Thursday and that Michel Barnier had emphasised the need for mutual respect from both sides.
Mr Martin made the remarks in Brussels on Friday morning.
His comments come as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that, unless there was “fundamental change” in the EU’s approach, the UK would go for the “Australia solution”, Downing Street language for no-deal, in the post-Brexit trade talks.
Brexit. Michel Barnier expects more “weeks” of negotiations
© PAUL FAITH / AFP Michel Barnier during a press conference in Dublin, January 27, 2020. The European negotiator for the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union announced that it was ready on Tuesday to continue negotiations beyond October 15, the deadline set by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The EU signalled on Thursday that it was willing to continue trade negotiations but called on Britain to make the next move.
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“We received a very good assessment on the state of the negotiations from our chief negotiator Michel Barnier,” Mr Martin said.
“He emphasised the need for mutual respect on these negotiations and I think he was given the necessary flexibility to continue with the negotiations on behalf of the EU Council to ensure a comprehensive, fair free trade deal between the UK and the European Union.
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In a piece for Germany's Die Welt, the First Minister branded the UK's tough line in trade talks 'reckless' and said she wanted Scotland to join the bloc if her campaign to split the union succeeds. But critics lambasted the way Ms Sturgeon was trying to 'stir up division' at a time of crisis, even though she previously promised to put her separatist ambitions on hold.The intervention came at a critical moment in the Brexit process, with negotiations over a trade deal hanging in the balance and Boris Johnson threatening to walk away if Brussels will not compromise.
“That’s how we’d like to see things evolve now and in the future weeks to bring this to a conclusion.”
Ireland’s deputy leader, Leo Varadkar said it was in “all our interests” that an agreement be reached.
Speaking on Friday, he said: “Negotiations are going to continue and they should continue. I think it’s in all our interests across Europe and in the UK to secure a free trade agreement.
“There’s always going to be a certain amount of posturing in and around negotiations, but I think it’s in all our interests that we secure an agreement.”
The country’s foreign affairs minister said on Thursday that a Brexit deal between the UK and the EU was “in sight” and could be reached by the start of November.
Simon Coveney said he believed an agreement would be made, despite the two sides being “miles apart” on fisheries.
Brexit trade talks enter a make-or-break week .
British and EU teams have agreed to extend 'intensive discussions', which have been taking place in London, until Wednesday. The talks were due to end on Sunday.British and EU teams last night agreed to extend 'intensive discussions', which have been taking place in London, until Wednesday. The talks were due to end yesterday.