Simon Coveney tells Euronews the United Kingdom 'needs to move to facilitate deal'

UK opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will caution British lawmakers against backing a confirmatory referendum on a deal

Johnson's office said he told the Cabinet on Sunday in a conference call "that a pathway to a deal could be seen but that there is still a significant amount of work to get there and we must remain prepared to leave on October 31" even if there is no agreement.

A Brexit deal could be possible as early as this week, Ireland's deputy prime minister said Monday, after a weekend of intense talks between Britain and the EU.

In a Cabinet conference call, he said they still had to be prepared to leave on Halloween without a deal.

Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on October 31, and an European Union summit on Thursday or Friday is considered one of the last possible chances to approve a divorce agreement.

The prime minister hopes to agree a deal this week before putting it to a House of Commons vote on Saturday.

The UK is willing to make concessions to its plans for the Northern Ireland border after Brexit but "a big gap" remains over customs arrangements, European Union ambassadors have been told.

If Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, many expect serious short-term disruption with possible food, fuel and medicine shortages, and long term damage to Britain's reputation as a safe and stable home for foreign investment. Johnson rose to power in July on a promise not to extend Brexit for a third time - even for a few weeks.

Breaking that pledge could come back to haunt him in an early general election that is widely expected in the coming months.

But Britain will only avoid a chaotic breakup with its closest trading partners if the agreement is also passed by Parliament in London - something it has failed to do three times.

That would be a step too far for Johnson's Northern Irish allies, the Democratic Unionist Party, and many Brexit supporters in his party.

Jeremy Corbyn didn't seem very keen to talk to Boris Johnson this afternoon, judging from his expression. The comments do not necessarily rule out DUP support.

When asked whether he believed the United Kingdom understood the EU's concerns regarding the customs union and the single market in Ireland, he said: "Well, I think they have to understand it".

Since becoming prime minister, Johnson has yet to win a vote in parliament and, after kicking 21 lawmakers out of his party for not backing his Brexit plans, is well short of a majority.

The government's Parliament representative, Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading member of the Conservatives' anti-EU lobby, insisted that Johnson has the Brexit credentials to succeed. He told his colleagues that if MPs who are against no deal now oppose a new deal, they would be exposing their true aim of wanting to stop Brexit altogether.

"We will form an administration if this Government collapses with the goal of a deal and take this country forward to decide its own future through an election and the people get to decide their future in a referendum".

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, used an interview in the Austrian press to say that if there was a British request for a Brexit extension, it would be granted.

But uncertainty around Britain's departure from the European Union due on October 31 and the possibility of an early election makes it uncertain any of these measures will ever become law.



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