Chances growing of Brexit deal - Juncker

08 October, 2018, 15:41 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • PA Archive  PA Images               DUP leader Arlene Foster Chief Whip Sir Jeffrey Donaldson then Chief Whip Gavin Williamson and Theresa May

"We want there to be decisive progress at the October summit, so that allows us to seal a deal in November", he said.

Referring to sharp exchanges on both sides after European Union leaders met British Prime Minister Theresa May at a summit in Salzburg two weeks ago, he urged her to work to a final accord by the next summit in Brussels in two weeks. "But our will to reach an understanding with the British government is unbroken", he was quoted as saying by Der Standard and Kurier and Der Falter.

"From the very beginning, the European Union offer has been a Canada+++ deal", Donald Tusk wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

The deal appears to be dependent on Mrs May accepting different customs arrangements in Northern Ireland and mainland Britain, which she has been clear she will not accept.

Mr Tusk - after his criticism of Mr Hunt's comments and his own call for respect to be shown - added: "Telling the truth, even if hard and unpleasant, is the best way of showing respect for partners, that's how it was in Salzburg and that's also how it will work in the coming days".

The risk is that because the EU's plan doesn't include frictionless trade across the EU-UK border, it will focus more attention on the most controversial part of the divorce deal - how to keep the Irish border open.

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Both sides had hoped to finalise the so-called divorce agreement and agree a statement on their future economic co-operation by the October summit. Even though we haven't changed our minds that the consequences of Brexit will be negative, for both sides.

"Continued concerns over the Italian budget deficit and sovereign rating contrasts with what seems to be an improving Brexit outlook", Morgan Stanley analysts said in a note, pointing to possible further downside momentum towards 87 pence per euro. Michel Barnier, the bloc's chief negotiator, mentioned the idea in an interview with the Guardian and other papers a year ago.

Asked if a Brexit U-turn was still possible, Mr Juncker said: "That is in the discretion of the British Parliament and the Government".

The UK is due to leave the European Union in March, but the two sides have not yet reached a deal on how this will work.

"EU must concede that Irish border issue is resolvable via checks away from border, not via backstop which threatens to divide United Kingdom", he wrote on Twitter.

Following a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar yesterday, Mr Tusk said: "From the very beginning, the European Union offer has been not just a Canada deal, but a Canada+++ deal". The UK government has acknowledged that could leave planes grounded and trucks backed up at British ports.

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