Monday, 14 October 2019

EU countries have given the go-ahead for more "intensified" Brexit talks to take place, the BBC has been told.

This comes after a meeting between Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, described by both sides as "constructive".

The UK is due to leave the EU at 23:00 GMT on 31 October.

A summit next week is seen as the last chance to agree a deal before the Brexit deadline.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson put forward revised proposals for a deal last week, designed to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit.

BBC Brussels correspondent Adam Fleming said it was "not clear" how the forthcoming talks were going to be described, but "some form of intensified negotiations" would take place.

He added that, although there would be a "measure of confidentiality", EU states would still be briefed on any developments.

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Following his "technical" discussion with Mr Barclay in Brussels, Mr Barnier told reporters: "Be patient."

He added: "Brexit is like climbing a mountain. We need vigilance, determination and patience."

Earlier this week, several senior EU figures played down the chances of Brexit happening with a deal agreed to by both sides.

But on Thursday, Mr Johnson and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar held a one-to-one discussion - described by both as "very positive and very promising".

Mr Varadkar said talks were at a "very sensitive stage" but he was now "convinced" the UK wanted a deal, adding: "I do see a pathway towards an agreement in the coming weeks."

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Monday, 07 October 2019 14:40

Macron: EU Brexit deal decision 'at end of week'

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The EU will decide at the end of the week whether a Brexit deal is going to be possible, French President Emmanuel Macron has told Boris Johnson.

President Macron said talks should now proceed swiftly to see if an agreement could "respect" EU

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he has made a "genuine attempt to bridge the chasm" in order to get a fresh Brexit deal with the EU.

He told MPs his plan - which would see Northern Ireland stay in the European single market for goods but

Boris Johnson says there should be "no doubt" the only alternative to the Brexit proposals he will put to Brussels later is no-deal.

Addressing his party conference in Manchester, the PM said his plan would be a "compromise by the UK",

Boris Johnson says the "reality" of Brexit is there will need to be customs checks on the island of Ireland after the UK leaves the EU.

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