Juncker hopes to reach Brexit deal in November

Juncker hopes to reach Brexit deal in November

Mr Coveney said it was critical that both the European Union and United Kingdom negotiators be effectively "locked into a room for the next 10 days" until an acceptable deal is hammered out.

"Somehow everything seems to be rather deadlocked at the moment, and as a result the downside risks for sterling remain in place", Commerzbank analysts said in a note to clients.

Hitting back at Hunt during a press conference in Brussels, Tusk said: "Comparing the European Union to the Soviet Union is as unwise as it is insulting".

Mr Tusk also referenced the less comprehensive Canada-style trading deal as advocated by Brexiteers like Boris Johnson and David Davis.

"The Soviet Union was about prisons and gulags, borders and walls, violence against citizens and neighbours", he said.

"I do believe that we can reach an agreement".

A member of EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier's team told a briefing with national diplomats in Brussels late on Thursday that a divorce deal with Britain was "very close", according to two sources at the meeting.

Steve Baker, who quit his role as Brexit minister this summer over the Chequers deal, said he was "deeply encouraged" by Tusk's comments, while leading backbench Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg described it as "excellent news".




The chairman of European Union leaders, Donald Tusk, on Thursday said a "Canada +++" was on offer, meaning an advanced free trade agreement coupled with close security ties and tight cooperation on global affairs, among others. The EU is about freedom and human rights, prosperity and peace. "I hope that it will be possible to avoid major losses on both sides", he said on the sidelines of a conference in Krakow, Poland. I do not interfere in inner-cabinet debates in the UK.

On Friday, EU Brexit negotiators told ambassadors of the 27 states remaining in the bloc that there was no breakthrough on the Irish issue and much would depend on what their British counterparts bring to Brussels next week.

British officials have signalled new ideas will come.

"Our will is unbroken to reach agreement with the British government", he said.

Mrs May has insisted her Chequers blueprint is the only proposal that would honour the referendum vote to leave the European Union while avoiding the return of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

"What I do know is that we need a backstop, a protocol on Ireland and N Ireland as part of a withdrawal agreement, that's essential", he said.

EU Council President Tusk said Saturday that at the October 17 EU summit, both Britain and the EU will try to finish their debates or at least bring their positions close.

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