UK and EU locked in talks as prospect of deal in the balance
UK and EU officials continued Brexit talks in Brussels yesterday, with the prospects of an agreement in time for Britain to leave with a deal on October 31 in the balance.
It has been reported that the UK has dropped a demand that a deal should include a veto for the Northern Irish Assembly on customs arrangements.
Time is rapidly running out if there is to be an agreement to put to EU leaders to sign off at their two-day summit starting on Thursday.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier, said “technical-level” talks between officials over the weekend had proved “constructive”, while Irish deputy premier Simon Coveney urged caution and said “we’re not there yet”, but a deal may be possible this week.
The prime minister’s spokesman said there was still “a lot of work” to be done, but talks “remain constructive”.
Downing Street said talks have taken place between the PM and DUP and are expected to continue.