Falkirk MP urges action to ‘stop Hallowe’en no deal Brexit’

Falkirk MP urges action to ‘stop Hallowe’en no deal Brexit’

Johnson's proposals, submitted Wednesday, "do not provide a basis for concluding an agreement", a European Commission spokeswoman underlined on Friday.

Johnson on Saturday called his plan "a practical compromise that gives ground where necessary" but has also previously suggested it was a broad "landing zone" - which to Brussels suggests he might yet budge on issues it finds unacceptable.

He added: "Boris Johnson has hinted that this is his current plan, stating in Parliament on September 25 that "we will, of course, obey the law, and we will come out of the European Union on October 31".

"If the Prime Minister can get European Union and Irish agreement then I think that we would - we've all got reservations - but we would be prepared to compromise and vote for the deal".

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, a key player in the equation as an European Union member-country bordering the United Kingdom, said he believed a deal was possible but said current proposals did not go far enough.

He claimed MPs from "every wing of the Conservative Party", Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party and from Labour have said "our proposed deal looks like one they can get behind". There will be no more dither.

Mr. Barclay, who will travel to Amsterdam later Sunday for Brexit talks, hinted that Britain could be willing to consider alternative ways of meeting its aims. "The problem is at the moment we don't have a deal", she said.

We are packing to go on October 31. "Join us at the negotiating table in a spirit of compromise and cooperation", he said.

"We will evaluate next Friday whether it's been possible to bring the positions closer".

"I could support a deal".

Ireland's leader Leo Varadkar said Saturday there is "plenty of time" to put forward alternatives and he was trying to arrange a meeting with Johnson next week, Irish broadcaster RTE reported.

In court documents, the government has said the Prime Minister will request a delay as the law requires, despite his public and Parliamentary statements.

Failure to reach a deal would set the United Kingdom on a course for constitutional showdown with few precedents: Johnson has promised to pull the country out of the EU on October 31 whether the talks succeed, while Parliament has already legislated to prevent him from taking United Kingdom out of the European bloc without a withdrawal agreement.

They reportedly balked at Britain's request to keep initial discussions on the proposals going through the weekend, and they will resume Monday, with time running out ahead of the summit. Rutte writes on Twitter that he still has many questions about Johnson's proposal, after they had spoken to each other by telephone.

But the PM has won the backing of former premier David Cameron, who said he "completely supports" Mr Johnson's efforts to get a deal in Europe and take it through the Commons, adding: "That's the best thing that could possibly happen".

The move came after Johnson insisted that he would not delay Brexit despite his lawyers saying he will comply with a law calling for the 31 October exit date to be postponed if there is no deal.

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