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Brexit: EU, UK get go-ahead to intensify talks

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10 2019 Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond in Downing Street in London. Hammond who stepped down as Treasury chief before Boris Johnson became prime minister has broken his silence

Latvian Member of the European Parliament Tatjana Ždanoka (Latvian Russian Union party) - widely regarded as a strongly pro-Kremlin voice in the European Parliament - voted alongside Nigel Farage and his anti-EU Brexit party October 10 against a motion that was heavily critical of Russian election interference.

"Yes, confirmed", one told AFP.

Mr Burleigh's initial claim that Barnier has been given the "green light" for such talks now seems uncertain, however, with a number of other reporters inflicting an abundance of mixed metaphors on observers by suggesting that the governments of the EU27 will not enter a "tunnel" with the British without being able to see a "landing zone" at the end of it.

Johnson said there was still a long way to go and if negotiators fail to reach agreement "then we have to be ready, as this country is and will be, to come out with no deal if we absolutely have to".

Ms Foster acknowledged there had been a lot of speculation as to what had happened during British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in England yesterday.

The green light for renewed, intensified discussions from European Union member states came after a "constructive" meeting on Friday with Barnier and his British counterpart Stephen Barclay.

But he cautioned there could still be obstacles along the way in what has become a more than three-year game of high-stakes political snakes and ladders.

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The move came at the end of a tumultuous week which started with a public row between London and Brussels.

But Ireland has been a key player because of the issue of the UK's only land border, between its province of Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Johnson and Varadkar met at Thornton Manor, a venue more commonly used for luxury weddings than discussing worldwide divorce terms.

The EU has agreed to "intensify" talks with the United Kingdom over the next few days. But Brussels is adamant it will not agree to any plan that undermines the single market - which allows free movement of goods across Europe - or exacerbates tensions on the island of Ireland.

A free-flowing border is considered vital to maintaining peace in Northern Ireland, which was plagued by three decades of violence over British rule, which was largely brought to an end with the 1998 Good Friday peace accords.

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