Brexit negotiators set to work through the weekend

Brexit negotiators set to work through the weekend

"That's the equivalent of attaching a post-it note to divorce papers saying "Only kidding".

Mr Starmer said that if the Prime Minister did succeed in getting an agreement, Labour would demand it was put to the public in a fresh referendum. 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?

With parliament set to sit in a special emergency Saturday session at the end of the week, Mr Starmer said it appeared any agreement Mr Johnson was able to negotiate would be "even worse" than Theresa May's rejected deal. No customs union. A green light to deregulate.

Support from DUP MPs could be crucial to get a deal through Parliament.

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No details from the meeting between Mr Barnier and Mr Barclay were immediately disclosed.

The meeting came one day after talks between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar, and just six days before the European Union summit that is seen as the key date in efforts to find a deal before a chaotic divorce on 31 October.

The European Commission has confirmed that the EU and British teams "have agreed to intensify discussions over the coming day", but according to CNN reporter Bianca Nobilo this falls short of "secret tunnel talks", and is "more of a journey into Plato's cave".

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The pair are attempting to strike a deal before the proposed Brexit date of October 31.

Johnson called last week for the Irish backstop to be replaced with a plan that would see Northern Ireland remain in the European single market for goods but leave the customs union along with the rest of the UK.

The new positive rhetoric around the prospects of securing a deal is a major boost for UK PM Boris Johnson and those supportive of a Brexit deal.

The European Union says it has agreed with the United Kingdom to "intensify" Brexit negotiations in a belated attempt to reach a divorce deal ahead of October 31, when Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc.

"As a outcome of the mandate given to us by voters in 2017 (general election) the DUP is very relevant in the parliamentary arithmetic and regardless of the ups and downs of the Brexit discussions that has not changed".

Varadkar's words Thursday indicated that Johnson might have shifted his red lines and could now be willing to keep Northern Ireland in the customs union.

If no deal is obtained next week, the sitting would also mark a crunch decision on whether Johnson agrees to request a three-month extension to the Article 50 process or is forced to resign.

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