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On Wednesday 8 November, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar startled the Dáil by saying a breakthrough at the EU summit in December was "likely", allowing the Brexit negotiations to move to the future trading arrangements between the UK and the EU.

His comments were picked up far and wide, not least because of the importance of Ireland in the first phase of the negotiations.

Yet they went against the grain of the prevailing belief that a breakthrough was very much in the balance, at best, or at worst, looking increasingly unlikely.

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by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Nov 19th, 2017 at 09:41:35 AM EST
The Irish government is trying hard to portray itself as a friend of the UK and to avoid becoming isolated and being portrayed as the nation holding up progress in the Brexit talks. So publicly it is all smiles and positive vibes. Privately, not so much.

Objectively, what progress have the Brussels talks made since the EU Council meeting in October decided there was "insufficient progress"? The UK government appears to be holding some concessions in reserve to be delivered just ahead of the summit and to be spun as major concessions.

Whether they will be seen as too little, too late, is anyone's guess at this stage.

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