EU’s Tusk: Brexit deal may be possible, no guarantee of success

EU’s Tusk: Brexit deal may be possible, no guarantee of success

Johnson will introduce a motion today for a vote asking lawmakers to back any agreement he secures from European Union at the October 17-18 summit, along with the terms of the Benn act, which mandates him to seek an extension if a deal is not reached, the newspaper said.

Tusk said he had previously told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that unless a workable solution came from London by Friday, he would announce that a deal was all but impossible at the October 17-18 summit of all European Union leaders.

A statement issued by the EU Commission said Friday: "The EU and the United Kingdom have agreed to intensify discussions over the coming days".

Earlier this week, several senior European Union figures played down the chances of Brexit happening with a deal agreed to by both sides.

If the PM fails to get a deal by October 19, he is obliged by law to seek a new extension to the Brexit process.

Three years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, Barnier has learned to keep his cards close to his chest.

"Brexit is like climbing a mountain".

The optimistic mood music has encouraged the financial markets, with the pound sterling hitting its highest level against the euro and dollar in six months.

Sterling rose sharply on global money markets in the wake of the talks, on which Cabinet received a briefing on Friday morning.

The meeting between Mr Johnson and Mr Varadkar at a country manor on the Wirral on Thursday came after a week of abrupt exchanges between London, Dublin and Brussels.

Earlier yesterday, in the Cypriot capital Nicosia, European Council president Donald Tusk said he had received "promising signals" from Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar that a deal was still possible.

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There have been many false dawns in the talks, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar are holding out hope.

But he ruled out making that declaration, offering to hold out for the "slightest chance" of success, after speaking with the Taoiseach.

Originally, Tusk said he was planning to pull the plug on talks Friday, but because of the breakthrough he can now see talks going through the weekend. Even if, as United Kingdom officials hope, Brussels shows flexibility on the timeline, they have yet to enter the "diplomatic tunnel" of final text negotiations.

Any Brexit deal that traps Northern Ireland in European Union structures will not get DUP support, Arlene Foster has warned.

The surge in the pound on Friday pushed it back above $1.26 for the first time since Boris Johnson became leader of the Conservative party.

The question of the Irish border - and the proposed "backstop" that angers Brexiteers - has become the most intractable issue in negotiations. If it is time for the sake of time?

Barnier's team has been in "technical talks" with British officials for some time, but these were not making enough progress towards a treaty text that could forestall a chaotic "no-deal" Brexit in three weeks.

A statement from the UK Government also described it as a "constructive meeting".

Following the meeting, Johnson and Varadkar released a joint statement saying they had "agreed that they could see a pathway to a possible deal".

The main stumbling block remains how the U.K.'s only land border, between Britain and Ireland, is dealt with.

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