France's Macron urges Johnson to expedite Brexit discussions with EU

David Cameron speaking during the Cheltenham Literature Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse

David Cameron speaking during the Cheltenham Literature Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is seeking a meeting with his British counterpart Boris Johnson next week, stressing yesterday that time was tight for London to go further with the fresh Brexit proposals it presented this week.

The Prime Minister has previously said "we will obey the law" but will also leave on 31 October in any circumstance, without specifying how he would achieve the apparently contradictory goals - fuelling speculation that he had identified a loophole to get around the Benn Act.

Describing his blueprint for an agreement as a "practical compromise that gives ground where necessary", Mr Johnson said it represents the United Kingdom "jumping to the island in the middle of the river".

The British proposals submitted to Brussels on Wednesday centre on how to manage the post-Brexit border between British province Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland. If not the United Kingdom will leave with no deal.

The PM, meanwhile, described Jeremy Corbyn as a "serial wannabe Brexit-wrecker", but said he has been encouraged to discover not all MPs are "so recalcitrant" in backing the proposal.

Yet if he bends on them, Johnson risks losing tenuous support in the United Kingdom parliament to maybe pass a Brexit deal, reliant on 10 Democratic Unionist MPs from Northern Ireland and hard-core Brexit MPs in his Conservative Party. And let's make Brexit work for both sides.

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"They should be under no illusions or misapprehensions", he added. There will be no more dither.

"In short this means that Johnson could use an order of the Privy Council to suspend the Law which would prevent a No Deal Brexit at the end of the month, by suspending the law coming into effect until after the 31st of October".

Barclay hinted that Britain could be willing to consider alternatives to the role of Northern Irish assembly to break the deadlock. "The problem is at the moment we don't have a deal", she said. If they shut the door on us, then we are prepared to leave without a deal.

"We will evaluate next Friday whether it's been possible to bring the positions closer".

And Nicky Morgan, who voted Remain and is now culture secretary, wrote in the Observer: "I urge colleagues from across the house to come together in the national interest and look at these proposals seriously".

However the European Union and Ireland said on Thursday that the proposals were unlikely to yield a deal, with Dublin bluntly warning Britain was heading toward a no-deal exit unless it made more concessions.

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"I could support a deal". Although Johnson repeats to the full that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on October 31, with or without agreement, the British Parliament passed a law in early September to force it to request a postponement of the exit, in case of not signing a new pact before October 19.

- A poll for the Independent by BMG Research suggested only one in five people believes Mr Johnson can secure a Brexit deal by October 31.

Rutte tweeted he had told Johnson "important questions remain about the British proposals" and "there is a lot of work to be done ahead" of the summit.

Johnson's proposals, submitted Wednesday, "do not provide a basis for concluding an agreement", a European Commission spokeswoman underlined on Friday.

A spokesman said discussions would not take place this weekend and instead the United Kingdom would be given "another opportunity to present its proposals in detail" on Monday.

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