Juncker signals optimism for agreement on Brexit deal

06 October, 2018, 18:54 | Author: Eric Barnett
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The change in tone comes two days after EU Council President Donald Tusk gave London a stern warning that time was running out to strike a deal in time for Britain's departure from the bloc at the end of March.

"As the president of the European Council and someone who spent half his life in the Soviet bloc, I know what I am talking about".

"But it is not possible to predict whether we will be able to conclude the talks in October".

"This would unite the Conservative Party, be a good deal for the country, deliver on Brexit and it is really hard to see why the Government is not embracing this", Rees-Mogg said.

Legal requirements created to promote common safety and technical principles across all European Union railways will need to be met by United Kingdom companies and suppliers whether or not a deal covering the UK's expected departure from the EU is agreed, the Rail Safety & Standards Board said on October 4.

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.

"When I look at the last few days and the behaviour of the DUP in England, particularly in relation to the Tory party conference, they purport to speak for the people of the North, they do not speak for the people of the North".

This would be "much further reaching on trade, on internal security and on foreign policy co-operation" than Canada's arrangement, he said.

The EU's proposed backstop solution would see Northern Ireland stick to those rules of the customs union and single market that are required for cross-border co-operation to continue.

If successful, it would raise the prospect of MPs being able to cancel Brexit without requiring the assent of the other 27 European Union members, and allow the UK Parliament the right to withdraw Article 50 - even if the UK Government itself still wanted to press ahead.

Britain and the European Union are trying to push for the divorce deal, as well as an agreement on post-Brexit relations, in time for two leaders' summits scheduled for October 17-18 and November 17-18.

I think a cliff-edge or a no-deal scenario is something we shouldn't even contemplate.

He added: "At that time it was already clear to us to what trials and tribulations this unfortunate vote of the British would lead to".

Varadkar poured cold water on the UK's proposals.

The Irish leader was speaking to journalists in between a series of meetings with European Union leaders in Brussels, as exit talks enter a critical fortnight before the make-or-break October summit.

And asked about the prospect of "light touch regulatory checks" between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Mr Dodds asked why such techniques could not be used on the land frontier in Ireland.


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