Brexit breakfast for European Union and United Kingdom negotiators after "pathway to deal" opens

The European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt gestures as he addresses a press conference with the European Parliament president after Britain initiated the process to leave the EU at the European Parliament in Brussels on March 2

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to meet the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar later Thursday for talks on Brexit.

Marc Burleigh, Brussels correspondent for AFP, indicates that "tunnel" negotiatons are essentially just regular negotiations without breifings or leaks, conducted in an "intense" way - which rather raises the question of what European Union and British negotiators have been doing up until now, considering Brexit was originally supposed to take place on March 29th and its current deadline is only twenty days away. Few details as to how a deal on customs and the role of the Northern Irish assembly in any solution might work have leaked. Even if, as United Kingdom officials hope, Brussels shows flexibility on the timeline, they have yet to enter the "diplomatic tunnel" of final text negotiations.

The European Union said Friday that talks with the U.K.to find an amicable divorce deal were back on track, despite huge challenges and a looming end-of-month deadline for Britain to leave the bloc. But he cautioned there could still be obstacles along the way, after a more than three-year game of high-stakes political snakes and ladders.

It was unclear what Johnson agreed with Varadkar. But let's assume that Boris Johnson's deal (whatever it is) does not succeed - either because the negotiations break down or the European Parliament or House of Commons refuse to pass it. But he could be forced to seek a third delay to Brexit if he fails to agree a deal by October 19, thanks to a law passed by rebellious MPs.

The pound's rise since Thursday is the biggest two-day gain since before the Brexit vote in 2016.

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The main sticking point in the divorce deal is how to keep open the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, a member of the EU.

Johnson and Varadkar met at Thornton Manor, a venue more commonly used for luxury weddings than discussing worldwide divorce terms.

BBC Brussels correspondent Adam Fleming said it was "not clear" how the forthcoming talks were going to be described, but "some form of intensified negotiations" would take place.

The UK presented alternative plans last week which would see Northern Ireland remains in the customs union for goods and agri-food products with physical checks to be conducted away from the border.

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