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EU and Ireland skeptical of Brexit breakthrough

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The United Kingdom government this week had tabled its proposal for a deal to the European Union. The proposal is a final attempt by the UK government to salvage a deal before the Brexit deadline of October 31st.

Ireland has been blunt about its demands towards Brexit telling the Boris Johnson led government to make serious concessions in order to attain a deal. The European Union has been backing the demands of Ireland and has said that it stands form with the leadership of Ireland.

The UK, a vital partner with Europe had stood firm with the continent during the world war and helped forge the foundations of the European Union. Deciding to part ways from the Union, UK has had great difficulty.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has been critical of the proposals put forth by the United Kingdom particularly regarding the plans to avoid a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is a territory of the United Kingdom.

According to a report in Reuters, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said that the government had failed to table a proposal which answers the concerns of Belfast and is preparing for a no-deal Brexit.  In a statement, he said,” My judgment is that Boris Johnson does want a deal and that the paper that was published yesterday was an effort to move us in the direction of a deal. But…if that is the final proposal, there will be no deal.”

The European Union had welcomed the proposal as a way to lay down a foundation for the meeting between the EU and the UK on October 17th and 18th to discuss a potential withdrawal agreement.

Irish Prime Minister had met with the European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker discussion several problematic issues with the proposal.

The concerns regarding the customs check are still present in Ireland. The proposal had also given the Northern Irish institutions a say with regards to their will to stay in the regulatory market or not.

(Inputs from agencies)

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