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UK and EU resume Brexit talks, but “a lot of work remains to be done”

Monday, October 14th 2019 - 08:32 UTC
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Johnson told his Cabinet a last-minute deal was still possible as the two sides pressed on with intensive talks to try to avoid a disorderly Brexit on Oct 31 Johnson told his Cabinet a last-minute deal was still possible as the two sides pressed on with intensive talks to try to avoid a disorderly Brexit on Oct 31
EU negotiator Michel Barnier said he would update the 27 member states - all except Britain - at a meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday
EU negotiator Michel Barnier said he would update the 27 member states - all except Britain - at a meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday

Britain and the European Union said on Sunday a lot more work would be needed to secure an agreement on Britain's departure from the bloc. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his Cabinet a last-minute deal was still possible as the two sides pressed on with intensive talks to try to avoid a disorderly Brexit on Oct 31, the date set for Britain's departure.

The Prime Minister said there was a way forward for a deal that could secure all our interests ... but that there is still a significant amount of work to get there and we must remain prepared to leave (without a deal) on Oct 31,“ a spokeswoman from Johnson's office said.

Britain said the latest talks had been ”constructive“ and there would be more talks on Monday.

Johnson hopes a deal will be agreed in time for EU leaders to approve it at a summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday. But he would still have to convince a deeply divided British parliament to ratify the agreement, probably at a rare Saturday session on Oct 19.

If he succeeded, the world's fifth-largest economy would split from its biggest trading partner with arrangements in place to minimize disruption at borders and preserve the complex supply chains that underpin the economy.

If he failed, lawmakers would begin a battle to delay Brexit that could end up being decided in the courts. Johnson has said he would do his utmost to pull Britain out on Oct 31, even without a deal - a move he believes would boost his hopes of political survival.

”A lot of work remains to be done,“ the European Commission, the EU's executive, said in a statement on Sunday evening.

It said talks would continue on Monday and EU negotiator Michel Barnier would update the 27 member states - all except Britain - at a meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday. ”Differences persist on customs,“ said an EU diplomat.

Underlining that there would be no technical Brexit negotiations at the summit itself, the diplomat said: ”Small chances (remain) that a text could be ready for the summit and we won't negotiate at the summit. If talks are going well, we might say there is progress but more time is needed to continue.”

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  • Lu

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Oct 17th, 2019 - 04:26 am 0
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