Irish PM sees chances fading for Brexit deal in November

Irish PM sees chances fading for Brexit deal in November

Irish PM sees chances fading for Brexit deal in November

The position of Mr Barnier has confirmed the echoes obtained by the AFP from sources informed about the negotiations with London, that reported "some progress" on Northern Ireland, but "not sufficient to permit the convening of a summit, the extraordinary european council in November".

The concerns focus on Mr Cox's advice on how an exit from the backstop could be found to make sure the United Kingdom is not permanently kept within a customs union which would severely curtail its ability to strike free trade deals with nations around the world - a key prize for Brexiteers.

Britain is due to leave the 28-nation bloc on 29 March next year, but details of the withdrawal treaty have yet to be agreed and previous summits have broken up, sometimes in bitter rows.

Brussels" chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said "more work is needed" but "we remain determined to reach a deal'.

May has said no British prime minister could agree to such a concession, but negotiators are reported to be working on language for a "review mechanism" that would govern the backstop.

Speaking at a conference while on a visit to Helsinki, Finland, the Taoiseach said: "I do think that, with every day that passes, the possibility of having a special summit in November becomes less likely".

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"But we do have one scheduled for the 13th, 14th of December, so not getting it done in November doesn't mean we can't get it done in the first two weeks of December".

"I think some initially thought it might have some news regarding Ireland and the border but I am told it doesn't have any of that".

"This election will be tougher than those before", Barnier said.

Later, addressing leaders of the European People's Party group, Barnier warned of the threat that rising nationalism and populism pose to the EU ahead of European Parliament elections in May. European Union envoys in Brussels will get an update on Friday and then ministers from the 27 states staying in the bloc after Brexit are due to meet on Monday.

If May fails to clinch a Brexit deal with the European Union, or parliament votes down her deal, then Britain would face leaving without a divorce deal, and thus without a transition period. And EU negotiators say they fear that none of the options on the table could command a Commons majority.

"For the moment, it is three steps forward, two steps back", commented the secretary general of the european Commission, Martin Selmayr at a meeting Tuesday evening in Brussels with German representatives, according to comments reported by the correspondent of the German weekly Der Spiegel.

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