Brexit talks go down to the wire ahead of EU summit

Brexit talks go down to the wire ahead of EU summit”

But, as dawn broke over Brussels, Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party dramatically rejected the accord, which would see their British-ruled province remain under European Union customs and Value Added Tax rules.

Juncker said he would recommend the 27 European Union nations to endorse the deal during their summit later Thursday. The British parliament is due to meet on Saturday in an extraordinary session - the first such meeting since the 1982 Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands.

Another key stumbling block was the Northern Ireland assembly's say in the continuation of the backstop.

Both sides were hoping that after more than three years of false starts and sudden reversals, a clean divorce deal for Britain leaving the bloc might be sketched out within the coming hours.

But if an agreement is not ready for the Brussels summit, Johnson will nearly certainly have to postpone Britain's exit again - for what would be the third time since the country voted in a referendum in June 2016 to quit the EU.

"There is a pathway to a possible deal but there are many issues that still need to be fully resolved", Varadkar said in a speech. It jumped to $1.2934 from $1.2805 earlier in the morning.

However, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said that if a deal can not be completed at this week's European Council summit, EU leaders may have to convene again before the end of the month to continue Brexit talks before the 31 October deadline.

The support of the DUP, which backs Mr Johnson's government, is crucial as some hardline Brexiteers in his party say they will be swayed by its stance on the most hard part of any agreement: the Irish border issue.

"I can not imagine leaders tomorrow being able to say more than:'This doesn't look too bad and let's work with the United Kingdom to set out more details'".

"No, I think it is important that we leave on the 31st of October", Barclay told a parliamentary committee.

European leaders warn they will not let Britain use Northern Ireland as a back door to the single market and Barnier said Tuesday that "it is high time to turn good intentions into legal text".

A Brexit deal is only as good as its chances to pass a vote in parliament.

"One thing is clear, Britain will develop into another competitor on the doorstep of Europe", Merkel told German industrialists.

The debate will centre around on the EU's functioning with more members and its geopolitical place amid rising threats from Russian and China.

Both the customs and consent arrangements are key to guaranteeing an open border between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland - they main obstacle to a Brexit deal.

Brexit negotiations have been here before - seemingly closing in on a deal that is dashed at the last moment.

The EU has reservations about London's proposed customs arrangements and the role for Northern Ireland's Stormont assembly in giving consent to the plans.

Johnson was quick to call it "a new deal that takes back control" and urged the British parliament to approve it soon "so we can move on to other priorities like the cost of living, the NHS, violent crime and our environment".

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