EU republics have agreed to "intensify" Brexit talks with the UK over the next few days. The expansion comes after a conference in Brussels between Brexit Administrator Steve Barclay and EU chief representative Michel Barnier, labeled by both sides as "constructive".
But UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there is "a way to go" before a deal could be gotten. The UK is due to the authority of the EU at 23:00 GMT on 31 October. A European front-runners' conference next week is seen as the last chance to decide a deal before that limit. Mr. Johnson put advancing studied applications for a contract last week, planned to avoid a hard edge on the island of Ireland after Brexit. Speaking on Friday, he said there was not "a done deal", adding: "The best thing we can do now is let our negotiators get on with it." In Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron was asked if there was the hope of a deal, replying: "Let's wait for the next few hours." Leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster said: " whatever that tricks Northern Ireland in the EU, whether sole marketplace or taxes union, like the rest of the UK vegetations, will not have our provision - the prime minister is very mindful of that".
Support from DUP MPs will be key to getting a deal through Parliament. With fewer than three weeks to go pending the Brexit deadline, Mr. Johnson endures insisting the UK will leave the EU with or without a deal at the end of the month.
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