Final Brexit deal could be decided within a week
Chief EU Negotiator Michel Barnier says that a deal is in sight as 80% to 85% of the treaty has been agreed.

Michel Barnier, the chief Brexit negotiator for the EU has said that the Brexit deal could be finalised by next Wednesday.

"In fact, as you can see in this copy of the draft Treaty, a lot of the Withdrawal Agreement – 80%-85% – has now been agreed with the UK," Barnier told the closing session of Eurochambre's European Parliament of Enterprises on Wednesday 10 October.

Barnier also suggested that checks would have to be imposed at the Irish border. These would involve scanning bar codes on lorries and ferries travelling between the two regions.

He said: "These arrangements already exist within EU Member States, in particular those with islands, for example between mainland Spain and the Canary Islands."

Barnier acknowledged that the issue of live animals transported around the island of Ireland was an issue and proposed that agreements should be put in place:

He suggested, "a veterinary agreement would mean less frequent inspections of live animals."

UK negotiator

Barnier’s comments come in the wake of the UK’s Brexit negotiator Dominic Raab’s comments on Tuesday, that negotiations had “intensified”.

Addressing the House of Commons he said: “Since I last updated the House, our negotiations with the EU have continued and intensified.”

However, Raab did outline the UK’s preference not to have a border between the north and south of Ireland.

“Creating any form of customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, which is what the EU had proposed, would put that at risk and that it is unacceptable.

“As my friend the Prime Minister has said, it is not something she, nor any British Prime Minister, could conceivably agree to.”

Up to 70% of Irish beef is exported to the UK and the Irish agriculture sector is expected to be the hardest hit in event of a closed border.

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Catch up with the headlines from the day and get a look ahead at tomorrow's weather.

Weather forecast

The west of the country will be affected by scattered showers overnight, according to Met Éireann.

Wednesday is expected to be a blustery, day with changeable rain conditions – ranging from scattered showers to hail throughout the day.

Atlantic coastal regions are expected to bear the brunt of the bad weather.

In the news

  • Gardaí recover fake Landcruiser parts worth €500,000.
  • Veterinary inspectors in factories are taking industrial action, which is having an effect on factory throughput.
  • IFA president Joe Healy has warned that there will be a knock-on effect if the national suckler herd contracts.
  • The High Court has placed a seven-week stay on a judgement ordering the detention of an indebted farmer resisting eviction from his land.
  • A number of dairy processors have set their milk price for November.
    LacPatrick holds milk price and adds winter bonus for NI suppliers
    LacPatrick has followed the lead of the majority of co-ops by holding its November milk price.

    LacPatrick Dairies has held its November milk price for suppliers both north and south of the border.

    Suppliers in the south will continue to receive 29.41c/l excluding VAT.

    Northern suppliers will receive 26.5p/l including VAT.

    They will also receive a 2p/l winter milk bonus for November milk.

    Last month, LacPatrick applied a cut of 1p/l to its October milk price for NI suppliers and said it was not in a position to pay a winter milk bonus.

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    Gardaí recover fake Landcruiser parts worth €500,000
    Gardaí searched a premises in Monaghan as part of an investigation in counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí have recovered up to €500,000 in counterfeit car parts, consisting mainly of Toyota Landcruiser parts, at a property in Drumgoose, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan.

    Jeep bullbars, tail lights, mud flaps and body panels, all bearing Toyota trademarked logos, were discovered by gardaí.

    The search was part of an operation investigating the importation and sale of counterfeit car parts.

    Gardaí added that no arrests were made as part of the search.

    Counterfeit Landcruiser parts.

    At the beginning of the month, gardaí recovered a large amount of stolen industrial plant, tools, trailers, vans, cars, engines and car parts with an initial estimate of up to €500,000 being recovered in Co Longford.

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