Brexit: Johnson refuses to rule out NI staying in customs union – live news

Follow the latest political developments after the UK and Irish leaders agreed there was a ‘pathway to a possible deal’EU27 gives green light for Brexit talks to move to key ‘tunnel’ phase 4.42pm BST The DUP have issued an interestingly positive...

Brexit: Johnson refuses to rule out NI staying in customs union – live news

Follow the latest political developments after the UK and Irish leaders agreed there was a ‘pathway to a possible deal’

The DUP have issued an interestingly positive seeming statement –

Arlene Foster, DUP leader, issues positive sounding statement about the nascent Johnson plan pic.twitter.com/IvpOgxThTu

This statement from the DUP appears significant for what it does not say. When May thought she had them on side between MV2 and MV3 they torpedoed her hopes in a statement like this. This time the game is still afoot https://t.co/WQI89TuJn6

The pound had its biggest two-day rally against the dollar since the Brexit vote as hopes rose that a deal could be struck before the deadline later this month, my colleagues Richard Partington and Graeme Wearden report.

Sterling climbed to the highest level in three months against the US currency, briefly hitting $1.27, amid mounting optimism in the City, after the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said talks could progress to the next phase.

The pound has risen four cents against the dollar since Thursday, when Boris Johnson and the Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, agreed there was a “pathway to a possible Brexit deal”. That is the sharpest two-day rise in the pound since the EU referendum more than three years ago.

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