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Brexit: Varadkar says new agreement 'possible' by end of October after talks with Johnson - live news
He said he hoped there would be the outline of a deal next week and he believed the "objectives" of the backstop could be achieved after today's talks.

"I can't predict that with any certainty but I think all sides would like there to be an agreement next week at the council if possible and obviously there is a further deadline after that which is 31 October, so I would say a short pathway rather than a long pathway."

He indicated a cautious optimism and a hope that talks could now take place away from the glare of the media and acrimony of anonymous briefings.

Varadkar said the two prime ministers had agreed not to disclose any new proposals that might have been put on the table but that talks would now move to Brussels where Brexit secretary Steve Barclay is meeting Michel Barnier tomorrow.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 04:44:15 PM EST
My guess is that these discussions are mostly about how things are going to work post-hard brexit.
Damage control, in sum.

The UE cannot sanction a hard Irish border, but Varadkar will still have to live with it, in the likely event.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 04:54:53 PM EST
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I doubt Leo would countenance any discussion of that with Boris. Those discussions are happening with the EU Commission behind close. Today was about getting a more acceptable mechanism for ensuring N. Ireland consent to open border. I.e. no DUP veto. Both communities would have to agree to any change in status quo...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 05:16:29 PM EST
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not that crisis management, the other one

Republic of Slovenia | Slovenia's EU commissioner-designate Janez Lenarčič assigned the portfolio of crisis management, 10 Sep
"the job assigned to Lenarčič would correspond to the portfolio of humanitarian aid ... He will be supported by the directorate general for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)"
vdL mission letter, 10 Sep
"I want you to look at how the Emergency Response Coordination Centre can help react to new and emerging threats."
europeaninterst | Hearing with Commissioner-designate for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič, 2 Oct

"Commissioner-designate Janez Lenarčič has shown competence regarding his portfolio and specifically in the field of migration and cooperation with the local civil society. Now, Lenarčič must prove his devotion in the coming months", said EPP Group Spokesman in the European Parliament's Development Committee György Hölvényi MEP, reflecting on Lenarčič's performance at the EP hearing in his capacity as Commissioner-designate for Crisis Management.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 05:19:45 PM EST
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