Keir Starmer: Labour will prevent no-deal Brexit, 'whatever it takes'

Andrew Cummings
October 12, 2019

After the Irish prime minister (or "taoiseach") Leo Varadkar suggested that a deal could still be done on-time following one-on-one talks with Prime Minister Johnson and a meeting between Barnier and Britain's Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, however, the word has gone out that "tunnel" negotiations may (or may not) be on the cards - although few reporters have elaborated on what this actually means.

The prime minister put forward revised proposals for a deal last week, created to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit.

Following the briefing, representatives from the 27 member states gave Barnier the green light to "intensify" talks.

Negotiators have been given the green light for talks to enter the so-called "tunnel" phase - diplomatic jargon for talks continuing in secret between a small group of negotiators in complete secrecy - with a view to presenting a deal ahead of the European Union summit on 17 and 18 October. "We need vigilance, determination and patience", said the man who once organized the 1992 Winter Olympics in his Savoie region of France.

British Brexit minister Stephen Barclay and EU negotiator Michel Barnier met for two hours in the Brussels headquarters of the European Union.

"If he can't - or I should say won't - get a deal we will take whatever steps are necessary to prevent our country crashing out of the European Union without a deal", he said. The primary would set off the return of checks on items crossing the border, one thing Dublin and the European Union are against, whereas the second would hand the Democratic Unionist Occasion an efficient veto over the deal, one thing unacceptable south of the border.Can Johnson Get a Deal By way of Parliament?

Originally, Tusk said he was planning to pull the plug on talks Friday, but because of the breakthrough he can now see talks going through the weekend. "It has taken one year, even three years, and we don't really get it", she said.

"A no-deal Brexit will never be the choice of the EU", Tusk said, but he also added that "there is no guarantee of success and the time is practically up".

After a meeting in northwest England on Thursday Mr Johnson and Mr Varadkar said they had "agreed that they could see a pathway to a possible deal".

However, Euopean Council President Donald Tusk did somewhat temper the good mood earlier in the day, revealing that he had set Johnson an ultimatum - whereby he must present Brexit plans by Friday or there would be "no more chances".

However, Italian newspaper Repubblica has quoted Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of the DUP, as saying that Mr Johnson's proposed solution to break the Brexit deadlock can not work because Northern Ireland must remain in a full United Kingdom customs union.

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