EU's Juncker says he is convinced Brexit will happen

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DUP leader Arlene Foster has said that she wants a solution to Brexit that does not affect Northern Ireland's constitutional position.

Juncker stated, in no uncertain terms, that the European Union would be forced to reestablish a hard border on the island of Ireland if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal.

The UK High Minister has demanded that the backstop - a contingency thought to remain a troublesome border by maintaining the UK aligned with many of Brussels' tips - ought to be scrapped.

"The backstop was never an instrument having been put in place for whatever will happen".

However, Brexit looms large and the Taoiseach is due to meet the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson - although the timing has yet to be finalised.

"We are still waiting for serious proposals from the British government", Coveney said.

Foster reiterated the party's opposition to the backstop that has continued ever since it was conceived as a fallback to prevent the re-emergence of a hard border on the island of Ireland, should trade talks following any Brexit deal fail to uphold the Good Friday Agreement. "We ought to composed no longer play with this".

The European Union says British and EU negotiators agree to continue discussions aimed at ending the Brexit impasse, as the talks appear to be gaining momentum. "We must always protect the health and the safety of our electorate".

He instant that some MPs are "forgetting in regards to the history" of Northern Eire and Eire.

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Mr Barclay travels to Brussels the day after European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker insisted "we can have a deal" before the Halloween deadline.

The European Commission president said: "I don't know if this is helpful".

The Prime Minister has demanded that the backstop - a contingency plan to prevent a hard border by keeping the United Kingdom aligned with many of Brussels' rules - should be scrapped.

"What is obviously encouraging is that all sides do want to try and achieve a deal", he said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the government's thinking.

Brexit, climate change and instability in the Middle East will be on the agenda when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets other world leaders on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in NY next week.

When asked if he is optimistic about reaching a deal, Barnier replied: "I'm not optimistic".

With the trip already expected to be potentially interrupted by the Supreme Court ruling on whether Johnson was lawful in suspending parliament, his meetings with European Union leaders will face intense scrutiny over signs of any emerging Brexit compromise.

"Of course, we will respect whatever the legal ruling is from the Supreme Court", he told the BBC on Sunday.

The statement added: "The Government is doing everything it can to prepare for no deal, but we'll work up to the last moment to secure a deal".

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