"We are still in negotiations, and on that basis we don't know when and if this will conclude", a spokesman said, adding that a much-rumoured Cabinet meeting to allow ministers to sign off the deal had not been scheduled.
I would urge caution that an imminent breakthrough is not necessarily to be taken for granted, not by a long shot.
"Repeatedly people seem to make the same mistake over and over again, assuming that if the British cabinet agrees something, well, then that's it then, everything is agreed".
The Irish government has rejected suggestions the United Kingdom could be handed the unilateral right to terminate a backstop arrangement at a future date, as reportedly being pushed by some of Mrs May's top ministers.
"We have an instruction from our voters to leave the European Union", he said.
Anthony Martial back in France's national team squad
France will visit the Netherlands in their final UEFA Nations League group match on November 16. It's obvious by Jose Mourinho's choice [to start Martial] and what he's doing on the pitch'.
Brexiteer MPs, including Environment Secretary Michael Gove, have called on Mrs May to release full legal advice setting out how the arrangement could be ended to avoid it becoming a permanent settlement.
Leaving without an agreement would mean some "hiccups in the first year", but the United Kingdom would have "all the rights and controls over our own destiny", he added. It appears the Prime Minister is wedded to the idea of a border down the Irish Sea with Northern Ireland in the European Union single market regulatory regime'.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that, while the Attorney General's legal advice to government is considered confidential, he could answer MP's questions about it.
Earlier this week, the prime minister's cabinet discussed a "review mechanism" for bringing the UK's participation in a backstop deal to an end.
"Seven days is probably pushing it, but I am optimistic that there will be a Brexit deal", Hunt said, adding it is "very, very hard to resolve but I am confident that we can".
The concerns focus on Attorney General Geoffrey Cox's advice on how an exit from the backstop could be found to make sure the United Kingdom is not permanently kept within a customs union, which would severely curtail its ability to strike global free trade deals - a key prize for Brexiteers.
Michel Barnier cited the anti-EU British MEP Nigel Farage as a cautionary example at a conference of the centre-right European People's Party.
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