Could it really be true? Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab says that we could have a deal with the European Union by the 21st November.
Raab told a Brexit select committee that he would be happy to appear before them to provide evidence once the deal is finished, and that would currently be expected to be the 21st November.
So you might remember from my earlier reports that this was initially meant to be completed in October. Then it was moved to early November. Now, it looks to be late November…and who knows what will happen in the next three weeks?
Raab’s department has confirmed that there is “no set date for the negotiations to conclude,” which means the date set for the 21st could in fact be completely meaningless. Ireland’s foreign minister has said that it is now down to the UK to intensify the talks, suggesting that we’re still stuck in the same old stalemate.
In the same letter to the Brexit select committee’s chairman, Hilary Benn MP, Raab did say that the end of these negotiations were “firmly in sight,” and that the only remaining obstacles were something he felt the government was willing to navigate around.
“An agreement on the details of that backstop should be possible…We have resolved most of the issue and we are building up together what the future relationship should look like and making real progress.”
So I guess we’ll see. Half of me wants this to be over and done with. We’ve waited years already. But I also know that as soon as we end up with a “deal” from the EU, Brexit will have been betrayed.