Boris Johnson is making a final push for a Brexit deal amid claims that the two sides are closing in on an agreement. In signs that negotiations are gathering pace, the PM has cancelled a Cabinet meeting this morning - and the DUP was sighted in Downing Street last night. Tomorrow looks to be the absolute deadline for getting a settlement in time for a crunch summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, although the Finnish PM has warned he believes time has already run out. Briefing coming out of the discussions suggests the outlines of a 'hybrid' customs proposal have been thrashed out. Sources in Brussels and London told The Telegraph there was now 'cautious optimism' that a joint position will be found. Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay will head to the Belgian capital this morning to meet EU negotiator Michel Barnier and other ministers. Sources told MailOnline no-one was getting 'overexcited' about an imminent breakthrough. However, the tone has … [Read more...] about Brexit deal hopes rise as the DUP visit No 10 after ‘last-minute compromises are made’ as Boris Johnson dramatically CANCELS today’s Cabinet meeting with delicate talks on a knife edge
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The Pound was hovering at its highest levels for months today amid rising optimism over a Brexit deal. Amid a frantic last push for an agreement, sterling was near its peak since the summer against the US dollar, at over 1.26. Meanwhile, it was above 1.146 versus the euro - rates not seen since May. Michel Barnier and Steve Barclay fuelled hopes that a Brexit deal is close this morning as they insisted it is 'very possible' to seal a package for a crunch EU summit this week. In his most positive comments for days, Mr Barnier insisted the 'difficult' process could be completed. Sterling was above 1.146 versus the euro today amid rising Brexit deal hopes - rates not seen since May Amid a frantic last push for an agreement, the Pound was near its peak since the summer against the US dollar, at over 1.26 Arriving to brief EU ministers in Luxembourg, he said: 'Reaching an agreement is still possible. Obviously, any agreement must work for all, the whole of the UK and the whole of the … [Read more...] about Pound hits highest level in FIVE MONTHS against euro and spikes versus US dollar amid mounting optimism about Brexit deal
brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Michel Barnier dramatically upped the stakes in the Brexit end game today as he set a midnight deadline for the EU and UK to have agreed a divorce deal. Downing Street has refused to sign up to the proposed cut-off point for a legal text to have been finalised as it said Britain would continue to work to get a deal done 'as soon as possible'. Mr Barnier believes a blueprint must be agreed by close of play this evening if there is to be any chance of a deal being signed off by European leaders at a crunch EU summit on Thursday and Friday. If no accord can be struck within the next 48 hours then the focus of that summit in Brussels - the final one scheduled before the October 31 divorce date - will shift to whether to offer the UK a delay. Below are all of the answers to all of the key questions as Brexit enters its most volatile phase yet. When does Michel Barnier believe a … [Read more...] about Will the UK meet Michel Barnier’s midnight Brexit deal deadline? And what will happen if no agreement has been hammered out before a crunch EU summit starts on Thursday?
brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Boris Johnson is closing in on a possible Brexit deal this evening. Following a day of intense negotiations, sources in both Brussels and London said the details of a possible deal were 'within sight'. However, with talks set to go to the wire, both sides cautioned that negotiations could still stall or even collapse ahead of tomorrow's crunch EU summit in Brussels. A Whitehall insider said: 'There is progress, but one mis-step and it can all turn to dust.' An EU official involved in the talks said the bloc was 'very confident' a deal would be struck overnight. But a senior French official urged 'extreme prudence' about predicting a deal would be done. In a further boost for Mr Johnson, a group of so-called Spartan MPs – Brexiteers who rejected Theresa May's deal three times – emerged from talks at No10 indicating that they would vote for the latest proposals. Former Brexit minister Steve Baker, chairman of the European Research … [Read more...] about Brexit deal is ‘within sight’ as talks stretch into the night but Boris Johnson is warned one bad move could ‘turn it to dust’
Boris Johnson is fighting to get the DUP and Tory hardliners on board with a Brexit deal today as fraught talks continue in Brussels. UK and EU negotiators are reconvening this morning after working late into the night - getting tantalisingly close to the legal text of a settlement. But the delicate process seemed to be derailed by the intervention of the DUP, whose leader Arlene Foster emerged from a briefing in No10 to declare there were still issues to resolve. In an ominous sign, she also swiped that she did not 'trust' the PM to strike a deal that protects the union. 'I trust myself,' she said. Splits also emerged in the hardline Tory Eurosceptic ERG bloc. While chair Steve Baker came out from his own Downing Street chat saying he was ready to endorse a 'tolerable deal', former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson branded the package 'unacceptable'. Despite the EU's Michel Barnier setting a deadline of last night for a deal to be finalised in time for tomorrow's Brussels summit, it is … [Read more...] about Brexit deal today… or MORE delay until 2020: Boris Johnson fights to win over the DUP and Tory ‘Spartans’ to seal a deal – but Arlene Foster warns she doesn’t ‘trust’ the PM and ex-minister brands package ‘unacceptable’