Brexit talks will likely run into November: Irish foreign minister

Reuters , Tuesday 9 Oct 2018

Brexit negotiations will probably need to run into November to finalise a withdrawal treaty, including a so-called "backstop" agreement to avoid a hard land border on the island of Ireland, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday.

"There is an expectation that the UK side will introduce some legal text which I hope can be helpful. Whether or not that can be the basis for a significant step forward between now and the (EU) Council meeting next week, we simply don't know yet," Coveney told a news conference.

"What we do know is that the talks process has intensified this week on trying to find a way forward on the backstop but I suspect November will probably be needed as well as October to get agreement on that but we'll know an awful lot more next Monday and Tuesday." 

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