Taoiseach travels to USA where he'll meet British PM

Donald Tusk and Boris Johnson

Donald Tusk and Boris Johnson

The Irish backstop, the key obstacle to a deal, aims to ensure no customs or regulatory controls are imposed on the border between the British-ruled Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit.

Britain is racing towards its October 31 departure with out an exit settlement and faces the specter of financial disruption that the federal government admits might trigger meals shortages and spark civil unrest. "We have to preserve the health and the safety of our citizens".

The European Union has said British and EU negotiators have agreed to continue discussions aimed at ending the Brexit impasse, as the talks appear to be gaining momentum.

Nevertheless he acknowledged "we are able to maintain a deal", and Boris Johnson's proposals for coping with the complications Brexit will pick up at the border with Eire had been the root for growth.

Described as an "ambush" by United Kingdom news outlets like the Telegraph and the Sun, the working lunch meeting between Juncker and Johnson in Luxembourg last Monday was encouraging, Juncker told Sky News on Sunday.

"There's a common goal both in Dublin, in London and here in Brussels to see a deal over the line", he said.

Simon Coveney told the BBC Friday there are still "serious problems" over how to handle the Irish border issue once Britain leaves the European Union.

The European Price president acknowledged: "I invent no longer know if here's precious".

Mr Juncker claimed "history will be back immediately" if there is a hard Brexit.

Sidestepping technical hurdles that take time to clear and pinning hope on top-level talks is a risky strategy that failed two former British prime ministers, both of whom were forced to quit over their country's thorny divorce from the bloc.

The Cabinet minister said "of course we will abide by the law" but he added "we will look at it closely and test exactly where we are" - the latest sign that the Government is examining ways around its measures.

Britain's Brexit negotiators have been told to "step up a gear" as Boris Johnson prepares to hold talks with Leo Varadkar in NY this week.

"That doesn't sound like a fair deal to me".

In other news, foreign minister Dominic Raab has said the government will accept the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on whether the decision to suspend parliament was lawful. "I am doing everything to have a deal because I don't like the idea of a no-deal because I think this would have catastrophic consequences".

"We at the Commission decided not to intervene, at the request of David Cameron, and that was a big mistake", he said.

Pressed on whether Northern Ireland could have different European Union customs arrangements to the rest of the UK, Mr Raab said: "No, of course, that would be wrong".