Brexit deal is 'within sight' as talks stretch into the night

Mail Online | 10/15/2019 | Jason Groves;David Churchill For The Daily Mail;James Wood For Mailonline
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Boris Johnson was closing in on a possible Brexit deal last night - but has been warned that Britain's departure from the European Union faces being delayed until January even if a deal is agreed.

Following a day of intense negotiations, sources in both Brussels and London said the details of a possible deal were 'within sight'.

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However, with talks set to go to the wire, both sides cautioned that negotiations could still stall or even collapse ahead of tomorrow's crunch EU summit in Brussels.

A Whitehall insider said: 'There is progress, but one mis-step and it can all turn to dust.'

EU - Official - Talks - Bloc - Confident

An EU official involved in the talks said the bloc was 'very confident' a deal would be struck overnight. But a senior French official urged 'extreme prudence' about predicting a deal would be done.

The Prime Minister has been warned that even with a deal ironing out the details of his Northern Ireland plan could take months, forcing him to abandon his 'do or die' pledge to leave the European Union by October 31.

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But in a boost for Mr Johnson, a group of so-called Spartan MPs – Brexiteers who rejected Theresa May's deal three times – emerged from talks at No10 indicating that they would vote for the latest proposals.

Former Brexit minister Steve Baker, chairman of the European Research Group of MPs, said: 'I am optimistic that it is possible to reach a tolerable deal I am able to vote for.'

Deal - Draft - Text - Agreement - Today

And should a deal be reached, a draft text of the agreement could be published today if Downing Street gives it the go ahead, according to senior EU and British sources who spoke to The Guardian.

Mr Johnson knows he must have members of the ERG, a band of hardline Tory Eurosceptics, on board or his deal has little chance of making...
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