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UK to publish no-deal plans as gloom surrounds Brexit talks

Lawmakers arrive for a Cabinet Meeting, with, from 2nd left, Britain's Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland, Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey and Conservative Party Chairman James Cleverly, arrive at 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday Oct. 8, 2019. Britain and the European Union appeared to be poles apart Monday on a potential Brexit deal. (Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

LONDON — The British government says it still hopes to strike a Brexit deal with the European Union, despite mounting gloom on both sides of the Channel about the chances of success.

EU leaders have demanded more “realism” from Britain in response to a Brexit plan proposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The bloc says the proposals don’t fulfil the U.K.’s commitment to a frictionless border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.

French President Emmanuel Macron says the EU will assess by Friday whether a deal is possible.

The British government says the U.K. will leave on Oct. 31 with or without a divorce deal, and is taking steps to minimize the pain of a no-deal exit.

It’s due to publish more details of planning for a no-deal Brexit on Tuesday.

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