By George Stephens • 16 October 2019 • 6:37
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reported to be on the verge of agreeing a Brexit deal with the EU amid claims he has made key concessions on the Irish border.
The Prime Minister is in a racing time to get a fresh agreement negotiated in time for the Brussels summit of European leaders which starts tomorrow.
Mr Johnson was informed by the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, yesterday he had until midnight tonight to come up with a new proposal.
The PM’s official spokesman responded to the reports, saying: “Talks remain constructive but there is more work still to do.” An EU official also stressed, “talks are ongoing”.
The breakthrough agreement would be similar to one previously rejected by Theresa May, who said in 2018″ it would undermine the constitutional integrity of the UK and that no prime minister could ever agree to it.”
The political area needed still to cover existed over the issue of customs arrangements between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Mr Barnier said work to secure a deal had been “intense” as he arrived before a meeting of EU27 ministers in Luxembourg yesterday.
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