Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Seeking Brexit deal, EU eyes compromise on Irish border

Seeking Brexit deal, EU eyes compromise on Irish border

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council of EU leaders, said Saturday that "in October, we will try to either finish or at least bring our positions close".

He and Varadkar, he said, had "focused on practical and realistic ways of minimising the damage caused by Brexit, on both sides of the channel".

The parties, who will also meet EU Brexit coordinator and ALDE group leader Guy Verhofstadt, have voiced concerns about the impact of Brexit on the province.

He added said this deal would be "Much further-reaching on trade, internal security and foreign policy cooperation". But our will to reach an understanding with the British government is unbroken, ' Juncker was quoted as saying by Der Standard and Kurier and Der Falter.

At last month's European Union summit in Salzburg, Mr Tusk rejected Theresa May's Brexit proposals and sparked anger among some Tories with an Instagram post apparently poking fun at the prime minister and suggesting she was "cherry picking".

A second source said European Union negotiator Michel Barnier was looking at where the bloc could make improvements to what it has offered London as both sides race to overcome the remaining obstacles to a Brexit deal before a high-stakes European Union summit on October 17-18. He said he hopes the terms will help minimize "losses" from Brexit on both sides.

On Thursday Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will be in Brussels for talks with the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier
On Thursday Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will be in Brussels for talks with the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier

Some diplomats and officials say talks could drag on through December, or even January, but any deal must also be ratified by both British and European Union parliaments in time for Brexit day on March 29, 2019. The Soviet spirit is still alive, as demonstrated by the attack in Salisbury. "I mean, we've never had anything like that in 1,000 years". I do not interfere in inner Cabinet debates in the UK. Today, the Dutch and United Kingdom governments informed about a cyber attack against the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague, which was carried out by Kremlin intelligence services.

Speaking ahead of a UN conference, she said: "I think a bad deal, for example, would be something that broke up the United Kingdom".

The DUP, which is propping up the minority British government, is opposed to any solution that would see a divergence between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

For separate regulatory checks, Britain would agree to simplified, light controls on goods going from the British mainland to Northern Ireland that would be carried out away from the actual border as much as possible, according to European Union sources describing the emerging proposal.

Mrs May will travel to Brussels on October 18 for a crunch meeting with the other 27 European Union leaders to decide if a Brexit deal can be done.

Ireland's central bank has seen a surge in financial services firms seeking to set up or extend their operations in Ireland as a result of Brexit and is processing over 100 applications, its governor Philip Lane said on Thursday.

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