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World Germany's Merkel and France's Macron to meet ahead of crunch Brexit summit

16:25  09 october  2019
16:25  09 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

UK PM Johnson says Brexit resolution some way off

  UK PM Johnson says Brexit resolution some way off British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that a Brexit resolution was some way off but that the Irish backstop had to go and that European Union had reacted constructively to his proposals for a new deal. © Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on October 3, 2019, on his way to the House of Commons. - Prime Minister Boris Johnson published his "final" Brexit proposals, warning EU leaders that Britain will walk out without a deal on October 31 if they do not accept his terms.

MPs voted to authorise Theresa May to seek a Brexit delay until 30 June, amid fresh warnings from France and Germany over the details of any extension. His comments come ahead of a crunch Brussels summit on Wednesday, at which EU leaders will decide whether to approve the prime

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is willing to grant the U.K. more time. No details of May’ s meeting with Merkel were revealed Tuesday but a statement noted that that French President Emmanuel Macron might be harder to win round when May meets him in Paris Tuesday evening.

PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's two most powerful leaders, Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron, will meet just days before a crunch Brexit summit next week which Britain says is the last chance to secure an orderly departure from the bloc.

As the clock ticks down to the Oct. 31 departure date, Brexit descended into a public row between London and Brussels this week as both sides position for another delay followed by an election or an acrimonious divorce.

UK calls for 'intensive negotiations' on new Brexit plans

  UK calls for 'intensive negotiations' on new Brexit plans Britain on Sunday urged the EU to intensify talks over London's latest Brexit proposals, as European leaders warned it must revise its plans within days in order to conclude a deal this month. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said the bloc needed to show "creativity and flexibility" ahead of October 31 -- when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to end the country's 46 years of EU membership with or without an agreement. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said the bloc needed to show "creativity and flexibility" ahead of October 31 -- when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to end the country's 46 years of EU membership with or without an agreement.

Key Points Theresa May tries to woo EU leaders ahead of crunch Brussels summit Germany and France warn UK that delay to Brexit is 'not automatic' Theresa May is due to meet with Angela Merkel in Berlin and Emmanuel Macron in Paris

The UK PM will urge Mr Macron to back her request to delay Brexit again until 30 June, having earlier met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. A draft EU document circulated to diplomats ahead of the emergency meeting of EU leaders proposes an extension but leaves the date blank.

After a Downing Street source said a Brexit deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Merkel had made unacceptable demands, the EU accused Johnson of playing a "stupid blame game".

Macron will meet Merkel at the Elysee Palace this coming Sunday to discuss European affairs ahead of the Oct. 17-18 EU summit and preparations for a Franco-German summit on Oct. 16, Macron's office said.

EU diplomats, though, are skeptical about the chances of a deal. Most expect Johnson to be forced to accept a delay to Brexit - a step that could ultimately lead to either a disorderly exit or the reversal of the entire Brexit endeavor.

"There will be no rabbit-out-of-the-hat solutions," one EU official told Reuters. "There will be more talks and more political contacts. But, for the time being, there is no breakthrough to be reported."

British PM Johnson Warns EU He Will Not Delay Brexit

  British PM Johnson Warns EU He Will Not Delay Brexit A key sticking point is how to manage the post-Brexit border between British province Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland .Johnson wants Northern Ireland's devolved assembly -- which has been suspended for almost three years -- to vote every four years on whether to maintain EU rather than British regulations there.He has also proposed the province leaves the EU's customs union along with the rest of the UK, with required checks to rely on untried technology and carried out away from the sensitive border.Brussels has said the plans "do not provide a basis for concluding an agreement".

London: British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with German and French leaders Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron as she scrambles to find a Brexit breakthrough ahead of Wednesday’ s crucial EU summit . May will meet the two leaders on Tuesday, their offices announced on Monday, the day

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with German and French leaders Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron as she scrambles to find a Brexit breakthrough ahead of Wednesday' s crucial EU summit . May will meet the two leaders on Tuesday, their offices announced on Monday, the day

Johnson has repeatedly cast the EU summit next week as the last chance for the EU to strike a deal or face the disruption of a no-deal Brexit that would divide the West, threaten the unity of the United Kingdom and roil financial markets.

A week ago, he proposed a possible solution to ensure the border between the British-ruled province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland does not become a backdoor into the EU's single market and customs union.

The EU's cool reaction to his proposals indicates that, short of an unexpected last-minute breakthrough, Johnson will have to decide whether to accept another delay or to go for a no-deal Brexit and get around a law demanding he extend.

JOHNSON'S BREXIT

The EU's executive agreed on Wednesday with the assessment of the bloc's Brexit negotiator that the British proposals did "not represent a satisfactory solution", the bloc's top budget official, Guenther Oettinger, said.

The Queen just read out Boris Johnson's stump speech

  The Queen just read out Boris Johnson's stump speech The pageantry of the State Opening of Parliament may be over, but the UK's bumper Brexit week has only just begun. © UK ParliamentAfter making Queen Elizabeth quite literally hoof it over to the Houses of Parliament and read out his plans for the forthcoming legislative session, Boris Johnson needs to get back to the real task in hand -- getting a Brexit deal. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Such a pivot would not ordinarily be required on the day of a Queen's Speech.

France ' s Emmanuel Macron has been built up in the press (and he has done much to encourage this image) as the Brexit villain who The Belgian prime minister has asked an inner core of countries most affected by Brexit - including Germany , Ireland, the Netherlands and France - to meet a

THERESA May today begged Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron to let Britain stay in the EU for even longer on a whistlestop tour of Europe. The PM jetted to meet the kingmakers in Berlin and Paris ahead of a crunch summit tomorrow to secure another Brexit delay.

In the Brexit maelstrom where newspaper reports and contradictory tweets can send sterling into gyrations, EU officials denied a report in The Times that the bloc was preparing a major concession to Britain to secure a Brexit deal.

"Unfortunately, no bold new offer is coming from the EU side at this stage," an EU official said, while stressing that the bloc was not closing the door to more talks with Britain.

Britain's Brexit minister Steve Barclay was due to have lunch with EU chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, on Thursday "to check if there is any more flexibility on the UK side to head for a deal. For now, there seems to be none," a diplomat said.

Behind the rhetoric, the Brexit finale will ultimately be decided by Merkel, Macron, Johnson, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar - all of whom say they want an orderly exit.

Johnson and Varadkar could meet later this week.

With chances of a deal receding, focus was turning back to British domestic politics where Johnson is under intense pressure from opponents to delay Brexit.

Anti-Brexit campaigners claimed victory after Scotland's highest court decided on Wednesday to wait before ruling whether to force Johnson to seek a delay to Britain's EU divorce date if he has not struck a deal in the next 10 days.

British government lawyers had told the court that Johnson accepted that he must carry out the requirements of the law demanding a delay, even though he has publicly rejected asking for any further extension.

(Additional reporting by Kylie MacLellanEstelle Shirbon, Michael Holden and Elizabeth Piper in London; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Brexit breakthrough 'unlikely' on eve of EU summit .
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's hopes of securing a Brexit deal with the European Union may be tantalizingly close but the final breakthrough failed to emerge Wednesday night. © Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves from the rear of 10 Downing Street in central London on Thursday. A senior UK government source told CNN that an agreement over Brexit was "unlikely" to be reached on Wednesday as negotiators continued to work through the night to hammer out outstanding issues on the Withdrawal Agreement.

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