The British government says talks with the European Union are making progress, despite the lack of a breakthrough overnight.
He also said Prime Minister Boris Johnson would meet the undertakings given to a Scottish court earlier this month, when the government's top legal officer in Scotland gave assurances the government would fully comply with a law which requires Johnson to request a delay to Brexit if no deal is reached by October 19.
The European Council summit on Thursday and Friday has been billed as a key date in efforts to negotiate Britain's orderly withdrawal from the EU on October 31.
Ireland has been the toughest issue in the Brexit talks: specifically how to prevent the British province of Northern Ireland becoming a back door into the EU's markets without having border controls.
Pro-Brexit Conservative lawmaker David Davis said success rests on the stance of the DUP.
EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said ahead of a meeting of EU ministers that the main challenge now is to turn the new British proposals on the complex Irish border issue into something binding.
Antti Rinne, premier of Finland - which now has the rotating presidency of the EU - said negotiations may need to continue after the EU Council summit that starts Thursday.
More than three years after Britain's 2016 referendum vote to leave the European bloc, talks remain stuck on how to avoid customs checks on the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland.
A man walks past a British government Brexit information poster at a bus stop in central London, Britain, on October 15, 2019.
Boris Johnson is coming under pressure to concede more ground to Brussels, and it has been reported that the United Kingdom has dropped a demand that a deal should include a veto for the Stormont Assembly on customs arrangements. "We need to have more time". "But we can't do that, it would be prejudging the future negotiations and tying our hands", the diplomat said.
The EU believes the only possible deal to be had at the summit is a return to keeping Northern Ireland in the EU's customs union, a proposal already rejected by Britain.
Kenneth Broux, a corporate FX strategist at Societe Generale, said he expected the pound to rally to $1.30 and even $1.35 if a deal gets through parliament, where Johnson lost his majority just weeks into his term.
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The official acknowledged a "positive momentum" on Tuesday after a phone call between French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
But that sounds like a customs union in all but name - and would mean new checks or tariffs on some goods moving between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
Finland's European Union affairs minister, Tytti Tuppurainen, said the European Union must prepare for a no-deal and another extension of the tortuous divorce process.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told Europe 1 radio on Wednesday that there was a "glimmer of hope" that a Brexit deal could be reached before Britain's scheduled departure on October 31.
'Reaching an agreement is still possible.
Asked if a deal could be done this week, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said: "We hope so".
He said this means that "EU countries must, in some way, be more active together" and "act jointly in relation to Turkey".
A frictionless border underpins both the local economy and the 1998 peace accord that ended decades of Catholic-Protestant violence in Northern Ireland.
Boris Johnson is increasingly likely to ask for a Brexit delay this week.
Barnier warned on Sunday that "a lot of work remains to be done", a message echoed by Johnson's spokesperson in London on Monday.
There is now speculation that more money could be headed the DUP's way as the PM tries to get it on board with any concessions surrounding the controversial Northern Ireland backstop.