brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Jacob Rees-Mogg admitted he might have to 'eat his words' to back Boris Johnson's Brexit deal today - as he urged Tory hardliners to compromise. The Leader of the Commons - who was a thorn in the side of Theresa May before joining Mr Johnson's government - said there were 'positive' signs an agreement could be struck with the EU. He was pressed on whether the blueprint being considered was similar to one floated by Mrs May, which he dismissed at the time as 'cretinous'. 'We'll have to find out in a day or two whether I'll have to eat my words or not - time will tell,' he told Sky News. 'There's a line from Churchill saying that he often had to eat his words and he found it to be a very nourishing diet - and that is something that happens in politics.' However, Mr Rees-Mogg said he was ready to 'trust' the PM on the package, pointing out that he had led the Leave campaign in the referendum. The minister was deployed to reassure Tory … [Read more...] about Jacob Rees-Mogg admits he might have to ‘eat his words’ to back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal as he urges fellow Tory hardliners to compromise
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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
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
Amber Rudd today blamed the 'sexism' of male Tory MPs for Theresa May's failure to get her Brexit deal through. The former Cabinet minister said she had been 'disappointed' by the way Mrs May had been 'forced out by a group of men'. And she predicted that any agreement Boris Johnson brings back from Brussels will be passed even though it will be 'similar'. The bruising accusations against the Eurosceptic ERG group of Tory MPs came in an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live. But ERG chair Steve Baker dismissed the PM's gender as 'irrelevant', saying he had always been willing to vote for a 'tolerable' deal. Ms Rudd campaigned for Remain in the 2016 referendum, famously swiping during a TV debate that Mr Johnson was 'not the man you want to drive you home at the end of the evening'. She served in Mrs May's Cabinet and was kept on as Work and Pension Secretary by Mr Johnson this summer. Amber Rudd told BBC Radio 5 Live (pictured) she had been 'disappointed' by the way Theresa May had … [Read more...] about Amber Rudd says Theresa May’s Brexit deal failed because Tory MPs are SEXIST – saying she expects Boris Johnson’s ‘similar’ plan will be passed
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?