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Boris Johnson to meet Irish leader today for last-ditch Brexit talks

Boris Johnson to meet Irish leader today for last-ditch Brexit talks”

The summit in Brussels on October 17 and 18 is the last scheduled meeting of European Union leaders before Britain is supposed to leave on October 31.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will today meet his Irish counterpart for last-ditch Brexit talks, with just days left to strike an European Union divorce deal and both sides blaming each other for an impasse.

Johnson's proposals crossed so numerous EU's red lines, Barnier said, that he would need to fundamentally revamp his proposals - something the British leader has said he will not do.

"It's going to be very hard to secure an agreement by next week, quite frankly", Varadkar told Irish broadcaster RTE late Tuesday after a 40-minute phone call with Johnson. Judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh said Wednesday there was no need to make a ruling yet because the government had promised to obey the law.

"The meeting by the chief negotiators will take place a day after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to discuss the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland â€" the thorniest issue in the talks.

"There are some fundamental objectives that haven't changed for the past three years and we need them guaranteed", he told RTE news.

"Essentially what the United Kingdom has done is repudiated the deal that we negotiated in good faith with Prime Minister May's government over two years and have sort of put half of that now back on the table and are saying that's a concession". As the clock ticks down to the October 31 departure date, Brexit descended into a public row between London and Brussels this week as both sides position for another delay followed by an election in Britain or an acrimonious divorce.

He added: "I think it's going to be very hard to secure an agreement by next week, quite frankly. And, of course, it isn't really".

The EU has said that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson needs to have workable proposals by the end of the week if there is to be any chance of a breakthrough at the October 17-18 EU summit.

(Alliance News) - A visit by Britain's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay to meet European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels has been delayed until Friday, an European Union source close to the negotiations told AFP.

A Downing Street source said that following a telephone call between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, it was apparent that "a deal is essentially impossible not just now but ever".

Downing Street sources speaking on condition of anonymity told reporters that intransigence on Merkel's part meant the talks were close to breaking down.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs that while he would "not exclude" a deal in the coming days, progress had been limited.

Former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt accused Mr Johnson of playing games and treating those seeking to prevent a no-deal Brexit as "traitors, collaborators and surrenderers".

This comes after the Taoiseach said that the British government's position on Brexit and Northern Ireland is causing "great difficulty" in reaching a deal.



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