Michel Barnier insists he is willing to talk to the UK ’24/7′ to try to agree a new Brexit deal

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Michel Barnier immediately insisted the EU is prepared to speak to the UK ’24/7′ as a way to strike a Brexit deal as a supposed ‘concession’ put ahead by the bloc on the Irish backstop gave the impression to be useless on arrival. 

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator delivered a withering evaluation of the state of discussions with the UK as he informed the European Parliament this afternoon ‘we’re not actually ready the place we’re capable of finding an settlement’. 

Nonetheless, Mr Barnier harassed that he would make himself accessible across the clock within the run as much as a crunch EU summit on October 17 to attempt to facilitate a breakthrough. 

Mr Barnier mentioned ‘time is urgent’ with the Halloween Brexit deadline now simply 22 days away however that he believed a deal was ‘nonetheless attainable’. 

He mentioned: ‘We can be accessible 24/7 within the upcoming days to try to attain an settlement… I believe if there’s goodwill on all sides, an settlement remains to be attainable.’

In the meantime, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Fee, informed MEPs that he didn’t ‘exclude a deal’ being performed. 

However he warned Downing Avenue in opposition to attempting to play a ‘blame sport’ within the occasion the 2 sides can’t attain an accord. 

The feedback got here after recommendations that Brussels may supply a ‘time restrict’ on the Irish border insurance coverage coverage to indicate the UK wouldn’t essentially be caught within the preparations perpetually.

The proposal would contain Northern Eire politicians being given a vote on with the ability to exit the protocol – which might hold the province within the customs union and aligned to single market guidelines – after a variety of years. 

‘A touchdown zone on consent might be a double majority inside Stormont, to depart, to not proceed with preparations after X years,’ an EU supply informed the Instances. 

Nonetheless, the concept was nearly instantly shot down by the DUP, who identified it might require the consent of each nationalist and unionist communities to get out of the backstop.

In Brussels immediately, EU fee president Jean-Claude Juncker effusively greeted chief negotiator Michel Barnier (proper) who’s thought to be one of many greatest obstacles to a deal

Mr Barnier told MEPs this afternoon that he and his team would be available '24/7' to try to strike a Brexit deal

Mr Barnier informed MEPs this afternoon that he and his crew can be accessible ’24/7′ to attempt to strike a Brexit deal

Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson mentioned nationalist politicians would by no means agree to depart the preparations. 

‘The double majority association is designed to make sure we are able to by no means get out of customs union, given all the opposite events are supportive of staying within the EU,’ he mentioned.

Sinn Fein chief Michelle O’Neill additionally appeared to kill the proposal stone useless, saying it was ‘not believable’ for the Northern Eire meeting – which has not been sitting for over two years – to be given such a call. 

Ms O’Neill informed Sky Information: ‘The establishments are already fragile and so as to add this into the combination is unwelcome and can destabilise the establishments additional and threaten the Good Friday Settlement. They’re simply not believable.’ 

EU diplomats beat a hasty retreat from the suggestion this afternoon, saying it had not been mentioned. ‘Sadly, no daring new supply is coming from the EU aspect at this stage,’ one mentioned. 

Brexit negotiations look like on life assist after Mr Johnson had a brutal conflict with Angela Merkel in a phone name yesterday. 

Downing Avenue briefed that the German Chancellor had informed the PM that Northern Eire needed to keep within the EU’s customs union and aligned to its laws ‘perpetually’.

A No10 supply mentioned that made the duty of getting a deal ‘unattainable’, because the UK would by no means settle for being divided.  

Leo Varadkar (pictured in Dublin today) has warned that the EU will not do a deal 'at any cost'

Leo Varadkar (pictured in Dublin immediately) has warned that the EU is not going to do a deal ‘at any value’

Sinn Fein leader Michelle O’Neill (pictured in Belfast yesterday) said it was 'not plausible' for the Northern Ireland assembly - which has not been sitting for over two years - to be given the decision on whether to stay in a backstop

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Sinn Fein chief Michelle O’Neill (pictured in Belfast yesterday) mentioned it was ‘not believable’ for the Northern Eire meeting – which has not been sitting for over two years – to be given the choice on whether or not to remain in a backstop. Boris Johnson (proper) is going through large strain from the EU to make concessions

Anti-Brexit protesters were on the streets in Brussels today as the arguments raged

Anti-Brexit protesters have been on the streets in Brussels immediately because the arguments raged 

Either side are actually desperately scrambling to discover a approach by means of the deadlock, however with little hope of success earlier than subsequent week’s summit – the final one scheduled earlier than the October 31 departure date.

Downing Avenue has been anticipating a Brexit counter-offer to come back out of Brussels late within the day after Mr Johnson submitted his proposals on change the backstop final Wednesday. 

Nonetheless, a time-limit wouldn’t be sufficient to fulfill Mr Johnson’s repeated demand that the backstop should be scrapped. 

What occurs subsequent within the Brexit disaster? 

Right here is how the approaching weeks may pan out:  

Tomorrow or Friday: Boris Johnson holds talks with Leo Varadkar.

October 14: Parliament is because of return for the Queen’s Speech. 

October 17-18: A crunch EU summit in Brussels, however Mr Johnson now appears sure to boycott the occasion in protest on the bloc’s intransigence. 

October 19: If there isn’t a Brexit deal by this date Remainer laws obliges the PM to beg the EU for an extension to keep away from No Deal. 

Jeremy Corbyn has mentioned that he’ll solely let Mr Johnson set off an election after an extension has been secured.

If there’s a deal, it can begin being rushed by means of Parliament instantly. 

October 31: The present deadline for the UK to depart the EU. 

November/December: An election appears to be like inevitable. 

The British premier will maintain face-to-face talks with Leo Varadkar within the coming days, however the Irish PM has accused him of solely pretending to make concessions, saying it might be ‘very tough’ to get a deal quickly. 

Talking within the Irish Parliament immediately, Mr Varadkar mentioned the issue was the UK’s place that Northern Eire should depart the EU customs union. 

He claimed London had adopted this place whether or not the individuals of Northern Eire ‘prefer it or not’. 

He added: ‘That creates large difficulties for us as a result of we wish there to be a deal that respects the desires of the individuals of Northern Eire, and certainly the individuals on this Republic too.’ 

European Council president Donald Tusk ranted at Mr Johnson on Twitter yesterday within the wake of the row with Mrs Merkel, saying he was enjoying a ‘silly blame sport’ and risking the protection of residents. 

Mr Juncker had earlier warned {that a} No Deal Brexit would ‘result in the collapse of the UK’ because the EU heaped strain on Mr Johnson to cave to its calls for.

The fee president dismissed recommendations that the bloc can be in charge for failure to get an settlement, jibing that Britain had dedicated the ‘unique sin’ of attempting to depart.  

In an interview in French newspaper Les Echos, Mr Juncker mentioned it might be the UK’s fault if Brexit turned bitter.

‘If that is the case the reason is definitely within the British camp as a result of the unique sin is on the islands and never on the continent,’ he mentioned.

DUP dismisses EU’s ‘time restrict’ concession on backstop  

A supposed ‘concession’ by the EU on the Irish border backstop gave the impression to be useless on arrival immediately. 

There are recommendations that Brussels may supply a ‘time restrict’ to indicate the UK is not going to essentially be caught within the preparations perpetually.

‘A touchdown zone on consent might be a double majority inside Stormont, to depart, to not proceed with preparations after X years,’ an EU supply informed the Instances. 

Nonetheless, the concept has already been shot down by the DUP, stating that it might require the consent of each nationalist and unionist communities to get out of the backstop.

Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson mentioned nationalist politicians would by no means agree to depart the preparations. 

‘The double majority association is designed to make sure we are able to by no means get out of customs union, given all the opposite events are supportive of staying within the EU,’ he mentioned.

Sinn Fein chief Michelle O’Neill additionally appeared to kill the proposal stone useless, saying it was ‘not believable’ for the Northern Eire meeting – which has not been sitting for over two years – to be given such a call. 

‘A no-deal Brexit would result in a collapse of the UK and a weakening of progress on the continent.’ 

Downing Avenue final evening insisted that hopes of a deal have been nonetheless alive.  

However ministers have been gloomy, and the PM’s official spokesman mentioned negotiations have been at a ‘vital juncture’. 

Authorities sources mentioned Mr Johnson may even boycott subsequent week’s crunch EU summit quite than endure a ritual humiliation of the type dealt out to Theresa Could.

The collapse of the talks would put Mr Johnson on a collision course over whether or not he can hold his ‘do or die’ pledge to depart the EU by the top of this month.

Quantity 10 sources mentioned if Brexit was delayed once more by Parliament and the courts, the Tories would have ‘no alternative’ however to struggle an election on a No Deal ticket to stop votes haemorrhaging to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Get together.

The conflict with Mrs Merkel got here as a serious setback to Mr Johnson, who believed he had an understanding with EU leaders that they’d have interaction positively along with his compromise proposals. 

The PM had hoped that Europe’s main powerbroker would help in breaking the impasse, urging her to ‘assist get this boat off the rocks’.

However Mrs Merkel informed him he must settle his variations with Brussels and Eire. 

Jean-Claude Juncker (pictured in Brussels today) has dismissed claims that the EU will be to blame for failure to get an agreement, jibing that Britain had committed the 'original sin' of trying to leave

Jean-Claude Juncker (pictured in Brussels immediately) has dismissed claims that the EU can be in charge for failure to get an settlement, jibing that Britain had dedicated the ‘unique sin’ of attempting to depart

Downing Street accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel (pictured) of torpedoing a deal

Downing Avenue accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel (pictured) of torpedoing a deal

The PM’s spokesman mentioned the 2 leaders had a ‘frank change’ – diplomatic code for a blazing row. 

Mr Johnson is claimed to be livid that EU leaders have merely ‘banked’ his compromises – which embody preserving Northern Eire within the single marketplace for items – with out providing any of their very own.

Home of Commons will sit on Saturday after crunch EU summit for first time since Falklands Battle  

The Home of Commons will sit on a Saturday after subsequent week’s crunch EU summit – for the primary time for the reason that Falklands Battle.

It’s understood Boris Johnson plans to summon MPs, whether or not or not there’s an settlement thrashed out in Brussels the day before today.

Within the seemingly unlikely occasion {that a} deal has been performed, the method of pushing by means of laws will start instantly.

In any other case the PM will set out his response – and whether or not he intends to obey the Remainer insurgent legislation ordering him to beg for a Brexit extension. 

The Commons has sat on a Saturday simply 4 occasions since 1939.

MPs convened to think about the outbreak of the Second World Battle in 1939, and in July 1949 – for causes that are actually unclear.

There was a sitting on November 3 1956 throughout the Suez disaster, and in response to the invasion of the Falklands on April 3, 1982.  

Irish international minister Simon Coveney mentioned: ‘I do not assume issues have reached an deadlock however there are actually vital gaps to shut.’

In the meantime, Mr Johnson is going through a Cupboard backlash over a menace to chop safety ties with EU nations that assist a Brexit delay.

In an incendiary briefing, a ‘senior authorities supply’ mentioned that backing one other extension can be seen by the PM as a ‘hostile interference in home politics.’

The supply informed the Spectator that nations supporting one other delay would ‘go to the again of the queue’ for future co-operation on every little thing from commerce to safety.

Former work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd yesterday named the supply as Mr Johnson’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings – a declare that was not denied by No10.

The feedback sparked a backlash, with Northern Eire Secretary Julian Smith and Tradition Secretary Nicky Morgan each protesting on to the PM throughout yesterday’s Cupboard assembly.

Mr Smith later went public, saying that any menace to restrict safety co-operation with Eire due to its stance on Brexit can be ‘unacceptable’. 

Sources mentioned Mrs Morgan complained to Mr Johnson in regards to the briefing, prompting him to reply: ‘You should not consider what you learn. You need to take heed to what I say as a substitute.’

As much as 5 Cupboard ministers are believed to be on ‘resignation watch’ amid fears they’d stroll quite than assist a shift to marketing campaign for No Deal.

Different backbench MPs may additionally select to stop quite than be a part of a push for the UK to make a clear break.