Britain's Johnson plays down Brexit breakthrough hopes

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The European Commission's EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier briefed ambassadors of the remaining 27 countries Sunday.

The development centred on an article published in the Daily Telegraph newspaper on Friday by arch Brexiteer Mr Paterson, a prominent member of the hard-line ERG, which supports a no-deal Brexit.

However Mr Johnson has no majority within the Commons and it's questionable how a lot, if any, of the proposed laws ministers can get by means of Parliament earlier than a basic election.

He told the newspaper that a snap election would only "prolong the agony", adding: "Instead we should hold a referendum which offers people the choice between a soft Brexit deal and remaining in the European Union".

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European Union leaders will meet on Thursday and Friday for a summit held under the pressures of the October 31 Brexit deadline just two weeks away. The few details that have leaked out suggest a compromise around the contentious Irish border issue Britain's Northern Ireland partially aligned with European Union customs rules. Johnson rose to power in July on a promise not to extend Brexit for a third time - even for a few weeks.

A supply stated: 'It's good to see progress, however we are going to wait to see if it is a real breakthrough.

"It's up to the Brits do decide if they will ask for an extension".

"The Prime Minister updated Cabinet on the current progress being made in ongoing Brexit negotiations, reiterating that a pathway to a deal could be seen but that there is still a significant amount of work to get there and we must remain prepared to leave on October 31", the spokeswoman said.

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Ms Cherry continued: "It's important for us to remember that any Brexit is damaging to Scotland and the Brexit that Boris Johnson will deliver if he gets that deal will be the hardest of Brexits imaginable and it will lead to no freedom of movement in Scotland, no frictionless trade, lack of funds for regional development and cooperation on research and lack of working together on global challenges such as climate change on which our Scottish Government has lead so far".

However, Mr Paterson said it would be "absurd to penalise" Northern Ireland with "EU costs and overbearing regulations" for a small proportion of trade, leaving it "unable to take advantage" of new United Kingdom trade deals.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron meet at the Elysee Palace to prepare for upcoming summits where Brexit will top the agenda. Yet details are still under discussion and the prime minister's allies are urging lawmakers to give the British leader a chance.

The three main opposition parties - Labour, the Scottish National Party and Liberal Democrats - are expected to oppose any final Brexit deal he might obtain. Johnson heads a minority government and must rely on the full backing of not only his own fractured Conservatives but also Northern Ireland's small Democratic Unionist Party.

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The British and Irish governments' plan to break the impasse suffered an apparent setback after the DUP's Nigel Dodds said the double customs solution "cannot work", and Brexiteer Owen Paterson, a former Northern Ireland secretary, suggested it would "ride roughshod" over the Good Friday Agreement.

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