A UK-EU Brexit deal will be struck within days, the Irish Foreign Minister has claimed.
Last ditch talks went into the early hours overnight, with the result appearing to be a renewed confidence that a deal could be done.
“There’s a good chance we can get a deal across the line in the next few days,” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told Newstalk radio. “We are in the space of days not weeks,” he added.
His words come after the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier warned the next 24 hours would be absolutely crucial in the fight for a UK-EU deal.
A deal within days would be bad news for France, whose President Emmanuel Macron has reportedly urged Barnier to walk away from talks in the hope of forcing the UK to either back down or suffer a no deal.
But Barnier seems to be taking a more pragmatic approach than the French would like, opting to find common consensus and get a deal done before the Brexit transition period ends on December 1.
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