Brexit deal 'still possible' says Barnier as deadline looms

Clay Curtis
October 15, 2019

But the spectacle, complete with horse-drawn coaches, lords in scarlet robes and a diamond-studded crown, did provide a diversion from the long Brexit grind. Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists the country will leave at the end of the month with or without a deal.

Johnson took office in July vowing no more delays to Brexit, after his predecessor, Theresa May, twice postponed in a failed attempt to get her own divorce deal through the British Parliament.

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier was updating the remaining 27 member states in Brussels on Sunday afternoon.

With the court-backed Benn act compelling Johnson to send a letter requesting an extension from the European Union instead of leaving without a deal, Jack said: "The government's law officers have made it very clear that the government has to ask for an extension under the Benn Act".

Underlining that there would be no technical Brexit negotiations at the summit itself, the diplomat said: "Small chances (remain) that a text could be ready for the summit and we won't negotiate at the summit".

But Mr Barnier this week said "big gaps" remained between the United Kingdom and EU. "There is momentum but there is still little movement".

With only a couple of weeks before we reach the Brexit deadline, the global tensions related to the Brexit have been escalating, as the United Kingdom simply hasn't been successful in convincing Brussels of approving their alternatives to the Irish Backstop clause (as they're asking for more concessions), which is now blocking the path towards a negotiated exit from the European Union. Melanie Onn, a labor backbencher, has said she would support a "reasonable deal" and wrote on her Facebook page on Monday: "A no-deal Brexit would not help the town and people of Grimsby". May be possible this week.

"There is still a lot of work to do", he said.

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"My government's priority has always been to secure the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union on October 31", she said in a speech to robed peers from a gilded throne in the upper House of Lords.

The government has said that if it could strike an agreement at the summit, it would introduce a withdrawal agreement bill to be voted on Saturday in a special Parliamentary session. The speech also included a long list of domestic policies, from longer sentences for violent criminals to no-fault divorce, tougher air pollution rules and new building-safety rules.

Today, the government will set out its agenda for life after Brexit in the Queen's Speech.

The queen was driven the mile or so from Buckingham Palace in the horse-drawn Diamond Jubilee State Coach for the ceremony, in which the monarch outlines the government's program for the coming year.

Here is how the next crucial two weeks in the Brexit saga could unfold.

The PM has said he will lead Britain out of the European Union on October 31 come what may.

European Union ministers will, however, get an update on the state of negotiations from the bloc's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, on Tuesday. If a Brexit agreement is struck, it will have to be approved by the British parliament.

The final player is the British opposition, which includes the Labour Party, the Liberal Democratic Party, the Scottish National Party and a group of former Conservative members of Parliament who either left the party or were expelled due to their disagreements with government policy.

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