Barnier says new Brexit deal by deadline next week ‘very difficult but possible’

epa07871170 European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (L) answer journalists question on his way to a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, 26 September 2019. EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET

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The EU’s chief negotiator has said it is “very difficult but possible” to strike a Brexit deal before next week’s deadline.

Michel Barnier laid down the warning after a nearly identical message from Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

Both men are preparing for high-level talks this week: Mr Barnier with Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, and Mr Varadkar with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as the clock ticks down to 31 October.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has insisted “nothing is over yet” and negotiations are about to enter an “important phase”.

Via Sky News

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