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European Council President and British PM meet Monday

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European Council President and British PM meet Monday

European Council President Donald Tusk and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The information appears on Donald Tusk's weekly agenda, released today after British Brexit Minister Steve Barclay indicated that the president of the European Council would meet Boris Johnson next week at the UN General Assembly.

The meeting between the two leaders is scheduled for 3:15 pm local time (10:15 am in Lisbon) and comes just after Tusk met in the morning with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

The meeting between the President of the European Council and Boris Johnson takes place just weeks from the European summit, scheduled for 17-18 October, and at a time when negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom have resumed at technical and political level, indeed, according to the British Brexit Minister, there was a boost.

“I think both sides want to reach an agreement and we are working hard to make that happen. We are moving forward, there has been momentum (in the negotiations) and discussions (at the technical level) will continue next week, ”said Steve Barclay on his way out of the meeting with the European Union (EU) negotiating team in Brussels.

Today's meeting between the EU's main negotiator and the British Brexit Minister focused on the analysis of “a first set of concepts, principles and ideas” put forward by the UK to break the deadlock in the UK exit negotiations. Community block, scheduled for 31 October.

“Michel Barnier met Steve Barclay in Brussels today to discuss the state of play of the Brexit negotiations, both as regards the safeguard mechanism to avoid a rigid border on the island of Ireland, and the Political Declaration of the relationship future. Both agreed that the technical discussions should continue, ”the European Commission said in a statement issued after the conclusion of the meeting.

The Barnier-Barclay meeting came hours after the British Government sent the European Union "confidential technical documents reflecting the ideas the United Kingdom has advanced" to revise the Exit Agreement rejected by the British Parliament.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed his conviction that it is possible to make changes to the Exit Agreement signed in November by Brussels and its predecessor Theresa May, including replacing the backstop, and to reach agreement by European summit.

If it fails to reach an agreement by October 19, or to obtain authorization from the British Parliament for an unscheduled exit, Johnson will have to comply with the law requiring the Government to request a postponement of the exit by three months until January 31.

However, a further postponement of Brexit, originally scheduled for 29 March, requires the unanimous agreement of the remaining 27 EU member states, which will meet at the European Council on 17 and 18 October.

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