- Title: Brexit deal can be done by Oct. 31, Ireland says after positive Johnson meeting
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Summary: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) VARADKAR'S CONVOY ARRIVING AT AIRPORT VARADKAR'S CAR STOPPING IN FRONT OF AIRPLANE VARADKAR GETTING OUT OF CAR AND BOARDING AIRPLANE
- Embargoed: 24th October 2019 17:43
- Keywords: boris johnson leo varadkar brexit talks no-deal brexit ireland
- Location: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA002B0INGAV
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- Story Text: A Brexit deal could be clinched by the end of October to allow the United Kingdom to leave the European Union in an orderly fashion, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday (October 10) after what he called a very positive meeting with his British counterpart Boris Johnson.
With just three weeks to go before the United Kingdom is due to leave the world's biggest trading bloc, it is still unclear on what terms it will leave or indeed whether it will at all.
Johnson met Varadkar at Thornton Manor in Cheshire on Thursday in a last ditch bid to save a deal and avert an acrimonious divorce on Oct. 31 or another delay.
In a joint statement, the two leaders said they "could see a pathway to a possible deal". Johnson did not make any further comment. Sterling rose 1.4% to $1.2382.
Ireland holds the key to any deal. It will have to consent to any solution to the hardest Brexit riddle of all: how to prevent the British province of Northern Ireland becoming a backdoor into the EU's markets without having border controls.
The EU fears controls on the 500-km (300 mile) Irish border with Northern Ireland would undermine the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which ended three decades of sectarian and political conflict that killed over 3,600 people.
Although Johnson has insisted that Britain will leave the EU on Oct. 31 even if no agreement is reached, the British parliament has passed a law saying he must request a delay.
Brexit descended into a public row between London and Brussels this week after a Downing Street source said a Brexit deal was essentially impossible because German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made unacceptable demands.
Ireland is the biggest issue of disagreement.
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