Juncker hopes for EU-Britain Brexit deal in November

Minnie Murray
October 8, 2018

From the very beginning, the European Union offer has been not just a Canada deal, but a Canada+++ deal.

Both sides are readying concessions on the Irish backstop. The pound strengthened on Friday.

Speaking at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham on Tuesday, Ms Foster stressed her party's strong objection to an Irish Sea Border: "The red line is blood red, it is very red". "The North can not be left to the fate of a reckless, no-deal Brexit".

Donald Tusk demanded greater respect from the United Kingdom government, saying "unacceptable comments" were achieving nothing other than to raise the temperature of the Brexit negotiations.

Both sides are hoping for a breakthrough in time for a dinner of European Union leaders on October 17. A summit in mid-November has been pencilled in should an agreement not be possible in October.

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has insisted that there must be limits to the freedom of the press as he accused British media of trampling over the human rights of politicians. European Union leaders say there needs to be major progress at the meeting for there to be a deal before Britain leaves the bloc on March 29.

While it falls short of what May wants, it will be broader and deeper than any FTA the European Union has struck with other countries and will include "add-ons". Instead it would describe the arrangement as being "as frictionless as possible". This is the battleground between the two sides, according to one of the diplomats.

Britain wants to regulate the border through a broad agreement on post-Brexit trade ties with the EU.

He added said this deal would be "Much further-reaching on trade, internal security and foreign policy cooperation".

Mr Eastwood said: "The time to deliver on a deal is now". The final version will be considered a "joint statement".

"I do believe that we can reach an agreement".

The prime minister may have to call the DUP's bluff anyway, says Patrick Maguire in the New Statesman.

Mrs May has rejected the EU's proposal for a "backstop" to ensure there is no return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit, arguing that it would effectively impose a border between the North and the rest of the UK.

But for that to happen there would need to be a resolution to the major sticking point, the so-called "backstop" plan for Northern Ireland.

Her remarks followed premier Leo Varadkar holding talks in Brussels on Thursday with European Council president Donald Tusk and the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier.

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