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Brexit Deal in Sight as Negotiators Begin to Thrash Out Particulars

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Has Boris Johnson conceded to a border in the Irish Sea? Speculations rife as PM and Taoiseach say they have a 'pathway' to a deal

Barnier's team has always been in "technical talks" with British officials, but without making enough progress towards a treaty text that could forestall a chaotic "no-deal" Brexit on Oct 31.

While not sharing details of Johnson's new proposals, Barnier told diplomats from the other 27 European Union states that the United Kingdom had accepted that there can not be a "border across the island of Ireland".

Groups from either side will work over the weekend to discover whether or not they can arrive on the foundation of an accord forward of a summit of EU leaders that begins Thursday.The pound posted its largest two-day achieve in a decade, whereas U.Okay. financial institution shares soared - however either side cautioned that a lot work stays to be accomplished if Britain is to depart the EU by Johnson's October 31 deadline.At concern are Johnson's plans to take Northern Eire out of Europe's customs union and provides Stormont, its power-sharing meeting, a veto over the association.

The Taoiseach said a deal was possible after more than two hours of talks but warned that "there's many a slip between cup and lip".

This would be a major breakthrough and a cause for celebration in Ireland and certain parts of the UK- already the pound has risen significantly against the dollar - but Mr Johnson is set for huge backlash from the DUP if has indeed agreed for Northern Ireland to be treated differently to the rest of the UK.

There has been speculation that Mr Johnson could now try to revive a compromise proposal first put forward by former prime minister Theresa May that would see Northern Ireland remain politically in a customs union with the EU, but that it would be administered by the UK.

"A no-deal Brexit will never be the choice of the EU", Tusk said, but he also added that "there is no guarantee of success and the time is practically up".

Whatever the outcome of the "tunnel" talks and next week's summit, United Kingdom lawmakers will be recalled on October 19, a Saturday, for an emergency parliamentary session.

The accelerated negotiations were agreed to by the EU27 after a "constructive meeting" between the bloc's chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay in Brussels today.

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.

Even if Johnson is able to secure a deal, he would have to win over the DUP, or some or all of the 21 rebels in his own Conservative Party, as well as a section of the 20 or so Leave-supporting Labour MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit. Corbyn has offered to lead a "caretaker government" with the sole task of averting a no-deal Brexit, before stepping down and calling a general election. The people must have the final say. It only takes a minute.

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