Taoiseach Micheal Martin has responded to @BorisJohnson's declaration that British businesses should prepare for no deal:
Martin said an agreement can be reached btwn the EU + UK and that on the basis of @MichelBarnier's presentation yesterday there was "clearly room for a deal"
2/ He added: “From an objective analysis, it would seem to me that anybody looking in would say, there is the basis of an agreement, clearly not an agreement at any price.”
3/ .@MichealMartinTD said there remained a number of outstanding areas of disagreement, such as fisheries, the level playing field and governance.
4/ “So I would say to the UK government, and indeed I’m speaking as a member state of the EU, we’re quite clearly willing to engage and want to engage. I think the talks will continue next week, and they should intensify on both sides, and there will have to be give and take.”
5/ Mr Martin said: “We all owe it to the citizens we represent, to do everything we possibly can, to get a sensible trade deal between the UK and Europe that would pave the way for a constructive and effective partnership into the future.”

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