Brexit: EU, UK get go-ahead to intensify talks

Galtero Lara
Octubre 12, 2019

With the British Parliament and government both rejecting the withdrawal treaty negotiated by Theresa May, and the European Union rejecting a rehash of the treaty with some alternative arrangements for the customs border between EU member-state the Republic of Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland put forward by Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom is now headed for a clean break with the bloc - or, if anti-Brexit MPs have their way, yet another Brexit delay.

Johnson said late Thursday there was a "pathway" to a belated agreement to stave off a chaotic, costly no-deal Brexit on October 31, while Varadkar said the meeting was "very positive".

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier briefed member states on the "constructive meeting" with UK Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay which took place earlier that day.

When requested in a pooled interview for British tv, Johnson declined to say whether or not Northern Eire will go away the EU's customs union."There's a joint feeling that there's a means ahead, that we will see a pathway to a deal", he stated. The primary would set off the return of checks on items crossing the border, one thing Dublin and the European Union are against, whereas the second would hand the Democratic Unionist Occasion an efficient veto over the deal, one thing unacceptable south of the border.Can Johnson Get a Deal By way of Parliament?

Speaking in Cyprus on Friday, European Council President Donald Tusk said he had received "promising signals" from the Irish PM.

"Brexit is like climbing a mountain. We need vigilance, determination and patience".

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But Mr Tusk tempered this by saying: "Of course, there is no guarantee of success and the time is practically up". De Montchalin told France Inter radio that she does not see an obvious reason to grant a further Brexit extension to the United Kingdom. If it is time for the sake of time? "It has taken one year, even three years, and we don't really get it", she said.

A British spokesman also described the closed-door talks as a "constructive meeting".

Johnson's Brexit envoy, Stephen Barclay, drove into European Union headquarters for a Friday breakfast meeting with Michel Barnier at which he is expected to brief the European Union negotiator on what, if any, fundamental breakthrough has been made.

Johnson did not make a public comment after the meeting in an apparent attempt to rebuild trust between the leaders, which has soured in recent weeks, and avoid derailing any breakthroughs, but Downing Street echoed Varadkar's claim that the leaders had identified the "pathway to a deal".

An official from an European Union nation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are ongoing, said the U.K. had offered compromises on how to deal with the only EU-U.K. land border, on the island of Ireland.

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