"The EU's position remains the same: there must be a legally operative solution in the Withdrawal Agreement that avoids a hard border on the island of Ireland, protects the all-island economy and the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement in all its dimensions, and safeguards the integrity of the Single Market". The primary would set off the return of checks on items crossing the border, one thing Dublin and the European Union are against, whereas the second would hand the Democratic Unionist Occasion an efficient veto over the deal, one thing unacceptable south of the border.Can Johnson Get a Deal By way of Parliament?
European Union member states on Friday gave Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier the go-ahead for more intense talks with Britain, diplomatic sources told AFP.
Meanwhile, European Council president Donald Tusk handed the PM a last-minute reprieve to secure an agreement, but warned the United Kingdom still has not presented a "workable, realistic proposal".
The shadow Brexit secretary said that if the prime minister is unable to reach an agreement with Brussels by 31 October, he must comply with the Benn act and seek a further delay.
Addressing the Co-operative Party conference in Glasgow, Mr Starmer said that if Mr Johnson was unable to secure a deal at next week's crucial European Union summit, he must comply with the so-called Benn Act and seek a further delay.
The DUP has poured cold water over a reported Brexit compromise to end the deadlock over the Northern Ireland backstop.
With the British Parliament and government both rejecting the withdrawal treaty negotiated by Theresa May, and the European Union rejecting a rehash of the treaty with some alternative arrangements for the customs border between EU member-state the Republic of Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland put forward by Boris Johnson, the United Kingdom is now headed for a clean break with the bloc - or, if anti-Brexit MPs have their way, yet another Brexit delay.
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The Taoiseach said a deal was possible after more than two hours of talks but warned that "there's many a slip between cup and lip".
Neither side has given details about the common ground that has reportedly been found on the Irish border issue.
The deadline for Britain to leave the European Union is October 31, with Johnson threatening for months to do so without a deal if necessary.
He said the United Kingdom had yet to put forward an "operational, legally binding solution" to replace the Northern Ireland backstop - meant to prevent the return of a hard border with the Republic.
Government sources have said ministers are preparing to hold an emergency Saturday sitting of Parliament on October 19.
Even if Johnson is able to secure a deal, he would have to win over the DUP, or some or all of the 21 rebels in his own Conservative Party, as well as a section of the 20 or so Leave-supporting Labour MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit.