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
A Tory election victory will unleash years of pent-up spending but a tight Brexit deadline will limit options Here comes the Boris bounce. Stock markets and the economy are likely to surge the other side of the election, but don’t celebrate too soon; hardline Brexiteers may not like what such an uplift implies. It is still possible to argue about the size, but barring a major upset over the next six days, some sort of a Boris Johnson majority already looks baked in. A number of positive economic effects flow from this result. First, and perhaps most importantly, it removes the threat of an economically destructive Corbyn government, together with the menace of higher corporation tax and the... … [Read more...] about The ‘Boris bounce’ is coming – but this conjuring trick will leave many Brexiteers disappointed
Sajid Javid has said he has no doubt that the Conservatives, if returned to power, will agree and finalise “a very ambitious, deep and comprehensive” trade deal with the EU by the end of next year. The language is reminiscent of the Theresa May era and appears to suggest the Conservatives have pivoted away from Boris Johnson’s promise weeks ago of a “super Canada-plus” deal and are now back to close alignment with the EU – something Eurosceptics are vehemently against. Can a comprehensive deal be done by the end of 2020? The majority of commentators think this is highly unlikely, but the answer depends on the definition of a trade deal. Sam Lowe, a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, is one who believes it is possible. “The single biggest underpriced thing in this whole debate about Brexit is that Johnson and the EU might actually get a trade deal done by 31 December 2020,” he said. “It’s not that I am … [Read more...] about Can a comprehensive Brexit deal be done by the end of 2020?