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Encouraged by Johnson's visit, UK officials now hoping rest of EU agrees to work on Brexit solution

 

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FILE PHOTO - French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speak during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 22, 2019. Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool via REUTERS

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is hoping the rest of the European Union falls in behind France and Germany and agrees to work on solving a deadlock over Brexit, with officials sensing a glimmer of hope after meetings this week, but conscious of the need for a wider consensus in Europe.

 

Britain is on course to leave the EU, its biggest trading partner, on Oct. 31 without any formal deal to soften the unprecedented divorce, unless both sides agree to reopen stalled talks and find a way to resolve their differences.

 

This week, some British newspapers cheered what they called a major breakthrough and sterling rose after both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron offered Prime Minister Boris Johnson what he described as "positive noises" on their willingness to consider an exit deal agreement.

 

But Berlin, Paris and Brussels said the bloc's position had not altered: the Withdrawal Agreement struck last year by then-prime minister Theresa May will not be changed much. And the clock is ticking.

 

British officials were also keen to douse talk of a big diplomatic victory but said they were pleased at the way the prime minister's first foreign visits had gone and that there had been a clear willingness to talk about solutions.

 

A separate source in Johnson's office said that while the meetings had been a success in terms of building rapport between the prime minister and the EU's two most powerful leaders, the rest of the bloc needed to show the same desire to work on a solution.

 

The source said Johnson would not make the mistake of thinking Merkel alone could deliver a new deal for Britain, criticising previous governments for being too keen on the idea that the German chancellor could be Britain's "saviour".

 

In an encouraging sign, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Friday he would be willing to listen to alternative plans for the Irish backstop - the biggest stumbling point to agreement - but warned there was no easy solution.

 

The need for broader support is likely to be relayed to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council that brings together all EU member states' leaders, when he meets Johnson on Sunday at a G7 summit in the French resort of Biarritz.

 

The meeting with Tusk, who has been a consistent critic of Britain's decision to leave the EU and its handling of negotiations, will give some indication on how much appetite there is to work for a deal among the rest of the bloc.

 

(Reporting by William James; editing by Stephen Addison)

 

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But Berlin, Paris and Brussels said the bloc's position had not altered: the Withdrawal Agreement struck last year by then-prime minister Theresa May will not be changed much. And the clock is ticking.”

 

One needs no more evidence of the delusion that defines Brexit than to read the above and understand that Brexiteers find it encouraging of their pie in the sky hopes.

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2 hours ago, Chomper Higgot said:

But Berlin, Paris and Brussels said the bloc's position had not altered: the Withdrawal Agreement struck last year by then-prime minister Theresa May will not be changed much. And the clock is ticking.”

 

One needs no more evidence of the delusion that defines Brexit than to read the above and understand that Brexiteers find it encouraging of their pie in the sky hopes.

agree.... and much to my surprise all the TV brexiters are not commenting, maybe that means they "finally" understand the mess they are in or maybe in vacation 555

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Sat here now waiting for the pound to zoom like a rocket ! 100 baht to the pound, new wave of our global financial empire and the taking back of the colonies (including that troublesome one across the pond where we will ban the word soccer). Come on Boris, think positive ! 

 

OR we'll be invaded by Russia at the bequest of comrade Corbyn.

Or live in trees like Ewoks under the Green Party

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To be honest I couldn't see anything encouraging in his visit 😈

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5 hours ago, jesimps said:

Theresa May and her remainer cabinet had 3 years to find a solution when all along they were just trying to postpone Brexit indefinitely. Boris is a different animal and realises the Tories could be finished if they don't deliver on time.

And YOU think, the Tories would survive the disaster as about every economist and business(wo)man predicts ?

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