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Irish PM Keeps Brexit Talks Alive, Says Deal Possible by End of October


7Dnews London

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 20:58 GMT

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is apparently looking for a complete change of direction as he expected a possible Brexit deal by the end of October after talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, AFP reported on Thursday, October 10th.

This comes days after Varadkar had said it would be “very difficult” for a deal for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union to be reached by next week, according to Reuters.

The Irish prime minister said he thinks it will be possible to come to an agreement on a treaty "to allow the UK to leave the EU in an orderly fashion by the end of October," but added, "There's many a slip between cup and lip."

Ireland’s insistence on keeping the backstop deal – under which trade between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, would take place with few restrictions – has been an obstacle for Johnson.

Johnson will be compelled by law to ask for a new Brexit extension if he fails to secure a deal with the European Union by October 19th. He has affirmed, however, that the UK would leave the EU with or without a deal on October 31st.