Chances of Brexit deal in November are improving: EUs Jean-Claude Juncker

PA Archive  PA Images               DUP leader Arlene Foster Chief Whip Sir Jeffrey Donaldson then Chief Whip Gavin Williamson and Theresa May

At last month's European Union summit in Salzburg, Tusk torpedoed UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit proposals and irked some conservatives with an Instagram post apparently pouring scorn on the prime minister and suggesting she was "cherry picking". "I am always amazed about what I am always blamed for", he said.

The commission president was accused in recent months of being drunk at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels following the emergence of a video that showed him unable to walk without assistance.

He was speaking after meeting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar who was in Brussels to hold meetings with key European Union figures on finding a resolution to the Irish border backstop intensifies.

Mr Tusk, the President of the European Council, said on Thursday that the EU was ready to offer the United Kingdom a "Canada plus plus plus" trade deal, but the offer would also mean a customs border in the Irish Sea, which is a red line for Mrs May.

For Britain, the problem is agreeing to checks on goods and livestock with Northern Ireland, something the province's Democratic Unionist Party - on which British Prime Minister Theresa May relies to govern - strongly opposes.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech to the Austrian parliament in Vienna, Austria, on October 5, 2018.

"But it is not possible to predict whether we will be able to conclude the talks in October".

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"Nondiscrimination, human rights, equality - these are an essential part of the Good Friday Agreement, I'm very anxious by Brexit as it does threaten to undermine that".

Asked if he thought a deal would be finalised at the summit, Mr Juncker said: "I have reason to think that the rapprochement potential between both sides has increased in recent days".

The British government is expected to table new proposals in an attempt to break the impasse over the Irish border, but a role for the devolved assembly remains unclear.

Under these plans her government would not have complete freedom to agree trade deals with nations across the world for several years after the transition period ends in December 2020, the paper claims. Even though we haven't changed our minds that the consequences of Brexit will be negative, for both sides. But it cannot be foreseen whether we will finish in October.

"I would be hopeful at that point that there would be decisive progress allowing us to conclude an agreement by November".

But a spokesman stressed that the government remained committed to implementing the result of the European Union referendum and "will not be revoking Article 50". That is in the discretion of the British parliament and the government. "There is enough confusion".

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