'Big gap' remains in UK-EU deal discussions

'Big gap' remains in UK-EU deal discussions

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media at Liverpool Airport following private talks with Boris Johnson in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson informed his cupboard a last-minute deal was nonetheless attainable as the 2 sides pressed on with intensive talks to attempt to keep away from a disorderly Brexit on October 31, the date set for Britain's departure.

Queen Elizabeth II's jewel-encrusted crown.

Ireland says that a Brexit deal may be possible in the coming da.

Johnson's opponents say the speech is little more than a stunt because the Conservative government lacks a majority in Parliament, making an election likely in the next few months, before most of the proposed bills can become law.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday seemed to rule out voting for the deal - even if it was to be put to the country in a referendum. "What we have got in effect is a party political broadcast from the steps of the throne". Here's what could happen in the week ahead. Then on October 11, Michel Barnier, the chief EU Brexit negotiator, announced that talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom will enter the so-called tunnel phase, where negotiators discuss the legal details of a deal in meetings where the offers and counteroffers are not disclosed to the press.

Johnson reiterated "that a pathway to a deal could be seen but that there is still a significant amount of work to get there and we must remain prepared to leave on October 31", a Downing Street spokesman said.

Johnson won't be in the room when the 27 other leaders discuss whether to strike a deal with his government.

Ireland has been the toughest issue in the Brexit talks: specifically how to prevent the British province of Northern Ireland becoming a back door into the EU's markets without having border controls. In recent days, both sides have moved towards compromise, but it may not be enough to bridge the gap between their positions.

If Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, many expect serious short-term disruption with possible food, fuel and medicine shortages, and long term damage to Britain's reputation as a safe and stable home for foreign investment. These varied players have one thing in common: All want to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

The pound swung as traders attempted to read the tea leaves on the likelihood of the United Kingdom securing a Brexit deal as soon as this week.

There were reported be doubts about the feasibility of the scheme which was said to involve tracking goods as they move through Northern Ireland and then determining the tariff to be paid depending where they end up.

Something will have to give when the British parliament holds its first emergency Saturday meeting since the 1982 Falklands War.

A Downing Street source said the German chancellor said during the phone conversation that a deal was "overwhelmingly unlikely" unless Northern Ireland was kept in the European Union customs territory.

"He will also inform the European Parliament's Brexit Steering Group this evening".

But in a briefing to ambassadors of the remaining EU27 on Sunday in Brussels, he said that "a lot of work remains to be done".

If an agreement is not possible, he says he will lead the United Kingdom out of the club it joined in 1973 without a deal - even though parliament has passed a law saying he can not do so.

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