Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

EU's chief Brexit negotiator says deal possible by November

EU's chief Brexit negotiator says deal possible by November

British Prime Minister Theresa May's leadership is understood to be under fresh pressure after Tory MPs spent almost an hour in a private meeting discussing how to oust her.

When negotiating, the prime minister needs to demonstrate her intent and also her power to deliver, Mr Baker told the Press Association.

May's government says its critics have failed to present a viable alternative to her Chequers proposal.

The prime minister faces a torrid Conservative conference in Birmingham in early October, with Mr Johnson planning to address up to 1,000 party activists at a "Chuck Chequers" rally.

The lawmakers, part of the European Research Group (ERG), an anti-EU grouping in May's Conservative party, met on Tuesday night and openly discussed May's future as leader, the BBC said citing an unnamed source.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said a Canada-style deal has a "lot to commend it", but it would not address the problem of the Irish border.

The toxic atmosphere between the two wings of the Conservative Party was vividly illustrated in the reaction to Mr Johnson's incendiary Mail on Sunday column.

On Friday he was quoted as saying the European Union was open to discussing other "backstops" on Brexit, especially the Irish border issue, a key hurdle to agreeing a deal. The rift deepened this week with Johnson comparing May's plan to a "suicide vest" on Britain's constitution.

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He said it was "very welcome" that Bank of England Governor Mark Carney had agreed to delay his departure date from June 2019 to January 2020 to help navigate any Brexit-related economic bumps.

"If they do that I think you could make dramatic progress".

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Whether it's through a general election or a popular vote, Mrs May should take her deal on the terms of Brexit and put it back to the people".

"Theresa May has enormous virtues, she is a fantastically dutiful prime minister and she has my support - I just want her to change one item of policy".

Freeman, who previously headed up No 10′s policy unit, said he had not discussed his proposals with the PM but insisted that a leadership contest need not be "chaotic".

We have been saying for the last couple of weeks that we believed the market was placing too high of a likelihood on the possibility of a "no deal" Brexit.

Even a small rebellion inside May's party on a vote over a final deal could spell the end of her minority government and throw Britain's exit into chaos. "I think it is possible".

While talk at Westminster is of the potential for a second referendum, MPs will consider the legitimacy of the 2016 plebiscite which resulted in the historic decision to leave the EU. If leaders agree at the September 20 meeting, diplomats expect a final set of guidelines to be formally adopted at the October summit of European Union leaders, setting the stage for a special Brexit summit in November, where the two sides would aim to conclude talks.

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