European Union ready to make "major concession" on Brexit deal

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European Union ready to make "major concession" on Brexit deal

However, the two leaders are expected to meet for further Brexit talks later this week. But, under English law, he also is required to seek an extension if he doesn't have a deal by October 19 - something that may still force him to seek a delay and hold a general election before going back to Brussels again.

An EU summit, with Brexit on the table, is due next week and Johnson is has vowed to take the country of the EU by October 31 - without delay.

After the UK failed to leave the bloc on 29 March, due to the withdrawal deal being voted down by UK lawmakers, the European Council gave the country an extension until 31 October, with an option to leave earlier if the UK parliament passes the deal. It's unclear whether Johnson's government might be able to find a loophole in that legislation that would enable it to stick to his promise to pull Britain out of the European Union, with or without a deal, on the 31st.

The German government confirmed that Ms Merkel and Mr Johnson had spoken but declined to comment on the substance of "confidential conversations". He said it was unacceptable for Northern Ireland to stay in the customs union and that Johnson had told Merkel that the United Kingdom had made a significant offer and that it was time for the EU compromise.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he wants to remove what he calls the "undemocratic backstop" and has proposed replacing it by suggesting that Northern Ireland stay under European Union regulations, customs checks should be made away from the border, and that Northern Ireland's assembly, Stormont, would have the right to vote on the arrangements.

European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said "the EU position has not changed".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 8 October, and was reported to have deemed a Brexit deal as "overwhelmingly unlikely" unless Northern Ireland stays in the customs union, according to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, citing a Downing Street source.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who opposes Brexit, tweeted: "The UK government's attempts to shift the blame for the Brexit fiasco to anyone but themselves - today it's Merkel - is pathetically transparent".

Ireland braced for the worst with a no-deal Brexit budget while Britain announced its no-deal tariff plan and updated its preparations for a no-deal exit - a nightmare scenario for many big businesses. The government says those plans will minimize any resulting economic shock. Britain says it will try to keep goods flowing by not immediately imposing border checks on imports from the EU. But the government acknowledges there will be new tariffs on 60 per cent of British exports to the European Union, including levies of more than 50 per cent on beef and lamb.

MPs will be called to Parliament for a special Saturday sitting in a decisive day for the future of Brexit.

Parliament is set to be suspended later Tuesday so that a new session can begin next week with a major policy speech from Mr Johnson's Conservative government.

"In these days of uncertainty and tribal anger over Brexit, perhaps we should all be a little less angry with our rhetoric on both sides". This comes after the Supreme Court ruled Johnson's previous request for a suspension of Parliament - or "prorogation" - was illegal, because it shut down debate for what it said was an unreasonable amount of time. This week's shorter suspension is more routine. The story later said that 2025 had been mooted.