UK and EU locked in talks as prospect of deal in the bal­ance

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

UK and EU of­fi­cials con­tin­ued Brexit talks in Brus­sels yes­ter­day, with the prospects of an agree­ment in time for Bri­tain to leave with a deal on Oc­to­ber 31 in the bal­ance.

It has been re­ported that the UK has dropped a de­mand that a deal should in­clude a veto for the North­ern Ir­ish Assem­bly on cus­toms ar­range­ments.

Time is rapidly run­ning out if there is to be an agree­ment to put to EU lead­ers to sign off at their two-day sum­mit start­ing on Thurs­day.

EU chief ne­go­tia­tor Michel Barnier, said “tech­ni­cal-level” talks be­tween of­fi­cials over the week­end had proved “con­struc­tive”, while Ir­ish deputy premier Si­mon Coveney urged cau­tion and said “we’re not there yet”, but a deal may be pos­si­ble this week.

The prime min­is­ter’s spokesman said there was still “a lot of work” to be done, but talks “re­main con­struc­tive”.

Down­ing Street said talks have taken place be­tween the PM and DUP and are ex­pected to con­tinue.

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