EMMANUEL Macron has said a Brexit deal can be signed off tomorrow as Boris Johnson told MPs the "summit" is near. The French President raised hopes earlier of getting an agreement over the line as negotiations go down to the wire but a government source has revealed that no deal would be finalised tonight. Govt source says no Brexit deal tonight, because of unresolved issues with both the DUP and EU: "Everyone will be working into the night but there won’t be a deal this evening".— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) October 16, 2019 The source announced that there were still unresolved issues with both the DUP and the EU and said that "everyone will be working into the night but there will be no deal this evening." The French President said earlier today: "I want to believe an agreement is being finalised and that we will be able to endorse it tomorrow." And German Chancellor Angela Merkel said this evening: "The news we are getting from Brussels could be worse". The Prime … [Read more...] about ‘No Brexit deal tonight’ as Boris Johnson fails to win over DUP but EU confident agreement can be reached
A BREXIT deal IS possible this week but there's a lot more work to do, the Irish deputy PM has warned. As talks go down to the wire ahead of a crunch EU summit on Thursday, Simon Coveney appeared cautious but upbeat. With just 17 days to go until Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc, Boris Johnson faces a crunch week ahead which could derail his hard work altogether. Mr Coveney said "a deal is possible, and it is possible this month. It may be possible this week. But we are not there yet." Technical teams worked through the weekend to try and make progress ahead of the EU council meeting in a few days time. Negotiations intensified last week after a breakthrough meeting between Boris at the Irish PM, Leo Varadkar.Ireland's words echo the same rhetoric coming out of No10 today. The PM's spokesperson said earlier: "the talks remain constructive but there is still a lot of work to do." But they admitted that a deal may not be done in time for the Council on Thursday. The spokesperson … [Read more...] about Brexit deal possible this week but ‘still work to do’, warns Irish deputy PM as talks go down to the wire
A MAJOR split tonight opened up among Tory Eurosceptics over whether to back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. While some senior members of the hardline European Research Group declared they were ready to back the PM’s new customs partnership plan for Northern Ireland, others began speaking out to blast it. Former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson became the first senior MP to denounce the fledgling deal in public. In a blow for No10, the ex-Northern Ireland Secretary dubbed it “absurd” and “unacceptable” in an interview with The Sun. Mr Johnson is facing a knife edge vote in the Commons to pass any deal he agrees in Brussels, and must slash the number of Tory rebels to single figures. When would any other country ever give up part of its territory as part of trade talks?Owen Paterson MP But while calling Boris’s talks with Ireland boss Leo Varadkar as “encouraging”, Mr Paterson said: “Concerns remain that the EU will seek to trap … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s fledgling Brexit deal causes major split among Tory hardliners
EU member states have signalled a refusal to be bounced into Boris Johnson’s fast-track timetable to strike a post-Brexit trade deal. If he wins a majority, the prime minister has vowed to take the UK out of the EU on 31 January and agree a trade deal with the bloc within 11 months, an unprecedentedly short time for such a complex negotiation. Johnson, who has built his election campaign around the misleading slogan “Get Brexit done”, has promised not to extend the 11-month transition period, seen by many as far too short to agree a future relationship with the EU. EU leaders will promise to move “swiftly” to the next phase of UK negotiations, according to a leaked version of their communique to be adopted at a summit next Friday – the day after the general election. But a reference to “making the best possible use of the limited time available” that was contained in an earlier version of the text has been dropped. EU ambassadors … [Read more...] about EU distances itself from Johnson’s timetable for post-Brexit trade deal
Email By Europe bureau chief Samantha Hawley Updated December 06, 2019 20:14:33 Photo: The case for Scottish independence has split voters across the small nation. (Reuters: Russell Cheyne) Related Story: 'Any change from what it is now would be worth it': Thousands march for Scottish independence Related Story: Boris Johnson greeted with loud boos and a frosty handshake in Scotland Related Story: Boris Johnson could go down in history as the man who won Brexit and lost Scotland Map: Scotland Scottish Borders farmer Heather Anderson is trying to negotiate 150 turkeys out of her main shed.They gobble in unison and defiance as they refuse to go.They'll be gone soon enough — all have been pre-sold and fattened for Christmas lunch.Ms Anderson hopes Scotland's 300-year membership of the United Kingdom will soon be gone too. Photo: Heather Anderson owns an organic farm and is also and SNP councillor. (ABC News: Andrew Greaves) Independence, she is adamant, is the only … [Read more...] about Will Brexit and the general election see Scotland leave the United Kingdom?
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson accused the Labour Party on Thursday of trying to 'rig' their proposed second referendum on Brexit by giving a vote to 2 million of UK residents of EU nationality. "It is going to be rigged in some way by getting in millions more voters who'd be very likely to vote one way rather than another, I think that would cause a great deal of public disquiet and I don't think it's the right way forward," Johnson said as he visited a factory in Derbyshire. Minister Michael Gove echoed the Prime Minister's remarks in a BBC radio 4 interview on Friday morning: “It is the case that EU nationals don’t vote, have never voted in general elections, and therefore don’t vote, have never voted in referendums like the Brexit referendum – and, therefore, we just think it would be unfair,” he said. The comments sparked outrage among EU nationals in UK. The group the3million, which represents them, said on Twitter: "Adding EU citizens is not … [Read more...] about Johnson accuses Labour of ‘fiddling’ second Brexit referendum by giving vote to EU nationals