Mubasher: Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said it would be difficult to clinch a Brexit deal by next week, with huge gaps remaining in the UK’s position, according to Reuters.
“I think it will be very difficult to secure an agreement by next week, quite frankly,” Varadkar was quoted by the news agency as telling Irish national broadcaster RTE.
“Essentially what the United Kingdom has done is repudiated the deal that we negotiated in good faith with Prime Minister May’s government over two years and has sort of put half of that now back on the table and are saying that’s a concession and of course it isn’t really,” Varadkar said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly vowed to take the UK out of the European Union (EU) on 31 October with or without a deal, despite a bill passed by the parliament obligating him to write a letter to Brussels asking to postpone the departure, if no deal is secured by 19 October.
“I’ll certainly work until the very last moment to secure that [deal] but not at any cost,” Varadkar said.
This came as the rhetoric between the UK and the EU heats up, with the European Council President Donald Tusk accusing Johnson of playing to win a “stupid blame game.”
Moreover, a UK government source said that a deal was “essentially impossible” following a phone conversation between Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which the latter made unacceptable demands.
With the clock ticking towards the deadline of October 31, the fate of Brexit remains deeply gripped with uncertainty, as both sides positioned themselves to avoid the blame for a delay or an abrupt departure.