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Brexit talks finally make 'sufficient progress' as May and Juncker do deal

Brexit talks finally make 'sufficient progress' as May and Juncker do deal Brexit talks finally make 'sufficient progress' as May and Juncker do deal
Melinda Barton | 08 December, 2017, 10:34

The EU executive said a compromise had been reached after tough talks that would allow the broadening of Brexit talks to include issues of future trade relations.

The party that props up Prime Minister Theresa May said it only received the text of the draft Brexit deal late on the morning of December 4 and told the British government that the terms were unacceptable.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure to persuade European Union leaders to declare that sufficient progress has been made on divorce issues with the European Union, including the Irish border, when they meet next week in Brussels so talks can move on to trade and future relations between the two sides.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he planned to recommend that European leaders approve unlocking the next phase of talks when they meet at a summit next week.

Sinn Féin has urged Mr Coveney to go further, and state that his government would not sign up to any deal that saw Northern Ireland leave the formal customs union and single market structures.

The party's opposition on Monday led to talks breaking down.

A European Commission spokesman said it was ready to resume Brexit negotiations as soon as London signals it is ready.

May's office said she and Varadkar are "working hard to find a specific solution to the unique circumstances in Northern Ireland", which have triggered a crisis in Britain's divorce negotiations.

"While we support David Davis' ambition to secure a comprehensive agreement by 29 March 2019, nearly nobody outside the Government thinks this will be possible", Jay said.

"I just don't see either side saying it's all fallen apart & back to the drawing board", says Neil Jones at Mizuho Bank in London, "the bottom line is Brexit breakthrough is to send the Pound higher".

European Council president Donald Tusk was also expected to make a statement on Brexit early on Friday morning, adding to speculation that Mrs May had made progress on the Irish border. "In Northern Ireland we guarantee there will be no hard border", May told a press conference with Juncker.

The DUP insists it will not accept any agreement in which Northern Ireland was treated differently from the rest of the UK.

Before his elevation last month, Williamson was Theresa May's chief whip, tasked with keeping unruly members of her Conservative Party under control.