Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Brexit deal hopes hang on British breakfast with Barnier

Brexit deal hopes hang on British breakfast with Barnier

Highlighting the upbeat mood, Johnson's Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, got a warm welcome from European Union negotiator Michel Barnier before they started nearly two hours of talks around breakfast.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which supports Prime Minister Boris Johnson's minority government, would have had an effective veto on post-Brexit customs checks on the Irish border under proposals tabled by Johnson last week.

After the Irish prime minister (or "taoiseach") Leo Varadkar suggested that a deal could still be done on-time following one-on-one talks with Prime Minister Johnson and a meeting between Barnier and Britain's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, however, the word has gone out that "tunnel" negotiations may (or may not) be on the cards - although few reporters have elaborated on what this actually means.

Johnson said late Thursday there was a "pathway" to a belated agreement to stave off a chaotic and costly no-deal Brexit on October 31, while Varadkar said the meeting was "very positive".

Kate Garraway, 52, was joined by her Good Morning Britain co-host Ben Shephard, 44, to present the show today and the pair interviewed Gavin Williamson, 43, in light of the Brexit deadline looming and what deal the Prime Minister has on the table.

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The main stumbling block remains how to handle the U.K.'s only land border with the European Union, which is on the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Thursday's talks came after recriminations flew over who was to blame for the impasse, which runs the risk of huge economic disruption on both sides of the Channel if Britain crashes out.

But he added: "At the very end this is a British responsibility" on whether it leaves the European Union with or without a deal or even cancels the Brexit process outright. But Johnson has insisted that Britain is leaving on October 31 "do or die" - with or without a divorce deal.

De Montchalin told France Inter radio that she does not see an obvious reason to grant a further extension to the United Kingdom. "If there is a will, there is a way" she said.

The report was the second time Mr Smith was rumoured to be considering quitting in as many months.

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