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Ireland sceptical of Britain's claim of backstop breakthrough
The Irish Government and the two main Opposition parties have responded coolly to suggestions from two British ministers yesterday that there was potential for a breakthrough on the Northern Irish backstop impasse.

In separate interviews aimed at talking up the prospects of a deal, home secretary Priti Patel, and Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay contended that discussions centred on overcoming the problem the backstop has caused for prime minster Boris Johnson's government were progressing, and that a deal was still possible by October 31st.

However, a[n Irish] Government spokesman said the position has not changed since the meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and prime minister last week, in relation to the backstop.

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