Sunday, 18 November, 2018

EU Brexit envoy says ‘much more work’ needed to clinch deal

UK PM May dives into flurry of diplomacy in bid to clinch Brexit deal Liam Fox: UK must be able to withdraw from Irish backstop
Pablo Mccormick | 10 November, 2018, 18:28

The Irish government opened the door on Monday to a possible concession on the final sticking point - how to avoid border checks between British Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Senior ministers were invited to review the text of the withdrawal agreement that has so far been secured in negotiations with Brussels, and are poised to meet as soon as a deal is ready to be signed off.

But Mr Coveney told the Irish Canada Business Association conference in Dublin: "I would urge caution that an imminent breakthrough is not necessarily to be taken for granted, not by a long shot".

Brexiters are adamant that there must be a mechanism that would allow the United Kingdom to leave, and many back one that would allow the United Kingdom to withdraw unilaterally - without Brussels' consent - which has been rejected by figures such as the Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar.

Suspected Mail Bomber Cesar Sayoc Indicted for 30 Felonies
A van linked to Sayoc has also emerged, showing heavy anti-Hillary stickers and pro-Trump stickers plastered all over its surface. He was already in the criminal justice system due to prior arrests in Florida, NPR's Gabriela Saldivia reported.

The issue of the Irish border has proven to be the main stumbling block in the negotiations, with the United Kingdom and European Union divided over the issue of a backstop, an arrangement created to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said, however, that major progress in Brexit talks was likely "within a week", based on his discussions with several visiting EU leaders and European Council President Donald Tusk, who chairs summits of the EU's 28 leaders.

Brexiteer MPs, including Environment Secretary Michael Gove, have called on Mrs May to release full legal advice setting out how the arrangement could be ended to avoid it becoming a permanent settlement.

The global trade secretary said on Thursday the government had "an instruction from our voters to leave the EU".

Resurgent Djokovic, battle-worn Federer headline season-ender
Though both the players have had their moments on the tour, they weren't till recently been real threats at Grand Slams. He has a win-loss record for 42-19 in 2018 and finished the Race to London at No 9.

Tory Remainer Dominic Grieve said a border in the Irish Sea would be "unacceptable".

Amid speculation a deal is closed to being agreed, May's proposed backstop would see the entire United Kingdom effectively agree to remain in the customs union.

Opposition Labour Party spokesman Keir Starmer also said the legal advice should be published, because "the public have the right to know precisely what the Cabinet has signed up to and what the implications are for the future".

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator told political allies Thursday to beware the rise of populist nationalism in Europe, warning of a "Farage in every country".

England coach Eddie Jones stirs up All Blacks clash with Haka jibe
No matter what they do, there is a feeling within the All Blacks the Lions result is continually rubbed in their face. Owen Farrell co-captains the team alongside Dylan Hartley and needs only one more point to reach 700 for England .

"We will need to be satisfied in the negotiations that we have achieved the best deal that we possibly can for the United Kingdom", he said.

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