September 13, 2019 | 2:43pm

Boris Johnson mentioned Friday he’d made “a good deal of progress” in his negotiations with the European Union, and was “cautiously optimistic” of slicing a a Brexit deal.

“We are working incredibly hard to get a deal. There is the rough shape of the deal to be done,” he mentioned after a speech in south Yorkshire that was interrupted by a heckler questioning why he was not with members of Parliament in Westminster fixing the Brexit “mess.”

“As some of you may have seen, I myself have been to talk to various other EU leaders particularly in Germany, in France and in Ireland, where we made a good deal of progress,” Johnson continued.

The UK prime minister and European Fee President Jean-Claude Juncker may also maintain face-to-face talks subsequent week in a bid to interrupt the deadlock.

The assembly comes as lower-level Brexit negotiations produced few indicators of progress because the Oct. 31 deadline for Britain’s departure from the EU looms.

The important thing stumbling block stays the so-called Irish backstop, a maneuver to stop each side from placing in a tough border between Eire, which is within the EU, and Northern Eire, which is a part of the UK.

A protest takes place outside the Magna Centre before Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson's speech at the Convention of the North.
A protest takes place exterior the Magna Centre earlier than Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech on the Conference of the North.Reuters

British officers worry the backstop may hold Britain tied to EU guidelines and rules even after it withdraws from the bloc.

With considerations in regards to the social and financial prices of a “no-deal” Brexit rising, Britain’s Parliament — which Johnson suspended in a transfer a court docket known as unlawful — has handed a regulation saying the prime minister should search an extension to the Brexit deadline if no deal is reached by mid-October.

Johnson has indicated he is not going to achieve this, insisting Britain will go away the EU on Oct. 31 even with out a divorce deal.

The British authorities’s personal evaluation suggests an abrupt departure from the EU’s single market with out an settlement dangers extreme financial issues and potential meals and drugs shortages in Britain.

With Wires