Ireland, UK close to sealing Brexit deal, they say

Leroy Wright
November 4, 2018

Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said "I think it is possible to get a deal in November".

Under the deal, the European Union would accept that regulatory checks on goods can be carried out in factories and shops rather than at the border, the Times said.

Lidington said negotiations in Brussels now need to "continue and intensify further".

Britain on Wednesday said there was no set date for Brexit talks to finish, backtracking from a letter by Brexit minister Dominic Raab that suggested a deal on the terms of its departure from the European Union could be finalised by November 21.

The bank has repeatedly said that it could either increase or decrease interest rates in the event of a no deal Brexit, and Carney reemphasised that on Thursday.

The Sunday Times has been told that talks over a final deal are far more advanced than previously indicated, with a 50-page document likely to be published, rather than the five-page plan many were expecting.

The Times cited unidentified government sources as saying envoys have finalized a deal on the future relationship in services and on the exchange of data.

For his part, UK Brexit Minister Dominic Raab said in a letter to British parliamentarians published on Wednesday that he felt an agreement on the UK withdrawal from the European Union could be sealed by 21 November, and that 95% of the withdrawal agreement had been settled.

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Incomplete workloads declined at a faster extent than in September, but the rate of depletion was only modest overall. Price gauges continued to point to upward inflationary pressures, but were similar to Septembers readings.

"As we do not have an Executive in place to ensure that Northern Ireland's case is made in the Brexit negotiations, it is all the more important that senior figures such as Dominic Raab should come here and meet with local businesses and political parties", he said.

Doing so would appease the Tories' parliament allies, the DUP, by preventing a regulatory and customs border from being enforced in the Irish sea.

But reports from Dublin had suggested that a deal involving an all-UK customs union in the Withdrawal Agreement, plus a separate backstop for Northern Ireland, is close to being agreed.

"Obviously still having this issue in relation to the insurance arrangements for Northern Ireland and Ireland, and that very much remains our focus and attention in getting that deal".

May has rejected this but proposed keeping the whole United Kingdom inside the EU's customs and tariff rules as a last-ditch emergency option, if no other deal can be found to keep the border open.

In private, some pro-Brexit officials in the government fear she's preparing to bounce the Cabinet into agreeing the whole divorce deal on Tuesday.

But the two sides have not agreed on how to do that.

Officials working for the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, were also upbeat this week, telling ambassadors from the bloc's remaining 27 countries on Wednesday that there was a more positive mood around negotiations.

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