Ireland’s prime minister has said he is “confident” a Brexit free-trade deal can be made today, after leaders warned time is “going out”.
Speaking with the Irish Times, Prime Minister Micheal Martin stated British and EU arbitrators have now reached an “endgame”.
” It will require political will to conclude the offer and there are choices to conclude the offer, and so on balance, I would be hopeful that it can be done at the end of this week,” he said.
Nevertheless, Mr Martin had revealed similar hopefulness of an impending contract recently.
Boris Johnson and Mr Martin spoke on the phone on Friday to discuss development in the negotiations, with the UK prime minister “highlighting his dedication to reaching a deal that respects the sovereignty of the UK”.
The leaders had actually also spoken of a need to prioritise the Good Friday Agreement and avoiding a hard border with Ireland, a Number 10 representative said.
There have actually been concerns from other quarters that trade offer talks could extend into next week, with compromises still to be made on state help, enforcement and fishing.
The Brexit shift duration ends on 31 December after the UK officially left the EU in January.
Both sides had concurred a deal should be struck by mid-October to provide sufficient time for the contracts to be executed.
Still, talks have actually continued in stalemate and an EU source said on Monday that “enormous divergences” stay.
Conversations extended late into the night on Sunday, with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier informing reporters “there are reasons for decision”.
In a warning to negotiators, Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney stated “we are lacking time here”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel echoed his remarks, saying some EU member states were losing patience.
” We hope that the settlements will have a good end,” she stated. “We don’t need a deal at any rate and we have made this clear … A deal remains in everyone’s interest.”
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A Downing Street spokesperson said there has actually been some progress but “there still stays divergence on concerns [such as] fisheries and the level playing field”.
“We want to attempt and reach an open market contract as quickly as possible but we have actually been clear we won’t change our negotiating position,” they added.
Securing an offer would secure trade, as well as reinforcing peace in Northern Ireland – although there is anticipated to be interruption at the busiest EU-UK border points.