Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Ministers get to see Brexit deal draft - but something is missing

David Davis with Theresa May in happier times during the Brexit negotiations David Davis with Theresa May in happier times during the Brexit negotiations Credit ERIC VIDAL /AFP
Deanna Wagner | 08 November, 2018, 14:14

The main obstacle to an agreement is how to keep goods flowing smoothly across the border between the Republic of Ireland, a European Union member, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K. All parties have committed to avoid a "hard border" with costly and time-consuming border checks that would hamper business.

"Seven days is probably pushing it but I am optimistic that there will be a Brexit deal", Hunt said, adding that it is "very, very hard to resolve but I am confident that we can". "The choices need to be made now on the United Kingdom side", Barnier told reporters after a meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila.

Legal advice is usually confidential, but DUP chief whip Sir Jeffrey Donaldson told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that if the House of Commons was going to have a meaningful vote on the deal "then I think people are entitled to know what that advice is".

Barnier, who was also in Finland, said it was impossible to say when divorce negotiations would come to a close, saying there could be no deal without a "solid fix" for the Irish border.

After May discussed Brexit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council President Donald Tusk earlier this week, British ministers were shown the text of a deal which is 95 percent agreed.

May wants a deal - both on a withdrawal agreement and a framework for future ties - before year-end as she must get the deal approved by the British parliament.

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Caffeine can also cause blood vessels to contract and releases adrenaline, a hormone that can temporarily increase blood pressure. "A lot of young kids use energy drinks when they exercise, a time when you need your arterial function to be at its top".

"I do think that, with every day that passes, the possibility of having a special summit in November becomes less likely", Varadkar told reporters after a meeting with Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila. Rumors are swirling that one might take place by the end of November, weeks ahead of a pre-planned summit in mid-December, but Barnier declined to say when or if that would happen.

May has said no British prime minister could agree to such a concession, but negotiators are reported to be working on language for a "review mechanism" that would govern the backstop.

"But I think beyond that you're into the new year which I think wouldn't be a good thing". "It's as simple as that", explained Michel Barnier after a meeting on Tuesday evening with the Prime minister of slovakia Peter Pellegrini in Bratislava.

On Monday, however, Barnier will brief ministers from the other 27 European Union member states on the situation in the talks - even as their capitals ramp up planning for how to deal with a "no deal" Brexit.

May, meanwhile, has to make sure any deal wins the approval of her party and parliament.