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What is that glimmer of light on the horizon? Is it the flickering and faint hope of a Brexit deal that might ensure Britain leaves the European Union in good order before Christmas? Or is it a mirage?
In the hours after Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar announced on Thursday that they had made progress on the thorny question of the Irish border in private talks there was a sudden spike in positive sentiment. The EU today said the progress means intensified talks must take place.