British minister optimistic Britain and EU will reach Brexit deal soon - Funke



 Britain’s junior Brexit minister told a German media outlet he was optimistic that Britain and the European Union would reach a Brexit deal soon, adding that he hoped this would happen in the next three weeks.
Robin Walker told the Funke group of newspapers that Brexit negotiations were progressing in a constructive manner and there was agreement on more than 95 percent of the deal.
Britain wants to come to an agreement with the EU as quickly as possible and it would be desirable both for Britain and for the EU to reach a deal at a special EU summit in November, he added.
Prime Minister Theresa May is edging toward a Brexit deal. But glitches keep emerging.

DUP’s Foster Raises Alarm (7:10 a.m.)

May has written to Arlene Foster to tell her that the EU’s backstop -- the one that could carve Northern Ireland off from the rest of the U.K. - will be included in the divorce deal as an ultimate, last-resort guarantee, the Times reports. Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party that props up May’s government, says the letter raises "alarm bells."
Meanwhile Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says the earliest chance for a EU summit to sign off on a deal is probably end-November, according to the Irish Times.
Coming Up:
*May is in Belgium and France for WWI commemorations and will meet French President Emmanuel Macron for lunch
*U.K. and Irish politicians meet on the Isle of Man. Varadkar, and a representative of the U.K. government are expected to speak at a press conference at around midday.