He said in an interview with i newspaper: “I think progress has been slow in the negotiations so far, I think there is still potential for a deal, I think a deal is the thing. sane and sane to do, and I think all of us as politicians have an obligation to those we represent.
“And in terms of Brexit, that means as little damage as possible to workers, employers, businesses and the economy.
“I’m not that optimistic, if I’m being honest. Just to let you know that the (Irish) government is budgeting in three weeks on the basis of a no-deal Brexit.
“This is the basis on which we prepare the budget and we warn and alert businesses to this terrible reality.”
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These include fisheries, free movement and state aid, among other key topics.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s main negotiator, said last week that the so-called “level playing field” rules were of particular concern.
These are the trade competition rules, which govern the ease with which governments can provide subsidies to businesses in their countries. So far, the EU and UK have not agreed on a set of rules that both sides want to abide by.
Mr Barner said there are still “substantial differences of opinion” around the talks, sources familiar with the talks told The Guardian.
However, he added that from now on there would be a “more open atmosphere at the negotiating table”.
Last week, Thomas Pope, a senior economist at the Institute for Government think tank, said Express.co.uk’s grants need to be carefully vetted so that taxpayers’ money is not wasted .
He said the UK should design a better regulatory system than the current EU system.
Mr Pope said, “We can design a better system. This government has acted late and quite spectacularly in negotiations with the EU before, so I wouldn’t be shocked if it did it again.
“It is worth saying that even despite all the internal market bills, the EU is still negotiating – it has not left the table.