With the deadline for a Brexit trade deal looming and the US election result hanging in the balance, the UK has sought to reassure Joe Biden over the future of the Northern Ireland peace process.
Justice minister Robert Buckland said he was “cautiously optimistic” that an agreement with the EU could still be reached and that a “hard border” in Ireland would be avoided.
It came after the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said that “very serious divergences” remain after two weeks of intensive Brexit discussions broke up without agreement on Wednesday evening. His UK counterpart David Frost said that they were still working to “find solutions that fully respect UK sovereignty.”
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