LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is over 85 percent of the way to agreeing a deal with the European Union on its exit from the bloc, Cabinet Office minister David Lidington told Irish radio on Thursday, adding that a deal could be reached by October or November.
“The withdrawal agreement - we’re 85 percent...90 percent of the way to fixing the text,” Lidington said.
When asked if a deal was possible by an October or November deadline, he replied: “Yes I believe that there can be, and I remain, despite the outstanding difficulties, I remain optimistic.”
He said that the key outstanding element to be agreed was what has become known as the Irish backstop issue.
Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Guy Faulconbridge