European Union gives nod to new round of secret Brexit talks with UK

  • European Union gives nod to new round of secret Brexit talks with UK

European Union gives nod to new round of secret Brexit talks with UK

He said there was not "a done deal", adding: "The best thing we can do now is let our negotiators get on with it".

The meeting came one day after talks between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar, and just six days before the European Union summit that is seen as the key date in efforts to find a deal before a chaotic divorce on 31 October. "I have already said that the Brexit is like climbing a mountain and we need vigilance, determination and patience".

The UK is due to leave the European Union at 23:00 GMT on 31 October.

The challenge of keeping this border invisible - something that has underpinned both the local economy and the region's peace deal - has dominated Brexit discussions for three years, ever since United Kingdom voters chose in 2016 to leave the EU.

Their meeting followed a burst of optimism after the British and Irish prime ministers said on Thursday that they had found "a pathway" to a possible deal.

The pair are attempting to strike a deal before the proposed Brexit date of October 31.

Originally, Tusk said he was planning to pull the plug on talks Friday, but because of the breakthrough he can now see talks going through the weekend. The EU has a two-day summit starting next Thursday.

France says a chaotic no-deal Brexit remains the most likely outcome despite the positive vibes emanating from a meeting Thursday of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar.

In Paris, France's European affairs minister, Amelie de Montchalin, had another take on the debate, saying that a no-deal Brexit "is probable, at this stage".

With Parliament set to sit in a special emergency Saturday session at the end of the week, Sir Keir said it appeared any agreement Mr Johnson was able to negotiate would be "even worse" than Theresa May's rejected deal. If it is time for the sake of time? "It has taken one year, even three years, and we don't really get it", she said.

The pound rose 2% against the dollar to $1.246 on the news as the focus shifted to Brussels, where Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay arrived for discussions with Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator.

It noted that any deal must contain a "legally operative solution" that avoids a hard border on the island of Ireland while protecting the island's economy, the Good Friday peace accord and the EU's single market.

Johnson's Brexit envoy, Stephen Barclay, drove into European Union headquarters for a Friday breakfast meeting with Michel Barnier at which he is expected to brief the European Union negotiator on what, if any, fundamental breakthrough has been made.

On Friday Mr Johnson said there was "a way to go" before a deal could be reached.