Britain, EU fail to reach Brexit deal

Theresa May's smoke and mirrors Brexit gambit didn't even last an afternoon - it's not difficult to see why

Britain and EU fail to reach Brexit deal despite 'significant progress'

Brussels is concerned that the adoption by Northern Ireland of different regulations on issues like food safety, environmental health and workers' rights would make border checks necessary, in order to prevent goods which do not meet EU standards being brought into the bloc, potentially undercutting European rivals.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appeared to have made a breakthrough on easing Dublin's concerns about future frontier arrangements.

Today is the deadline to submit the UK's position on a financial settlement, Irish border among other issues for it to be put to the leaders of the European Union 27 for them to decide if "sufficient" progress has been made.

"Despite our best efforts.it was not possible to reach a complete agreement today", Juncker said at a joint news conference with May, adding that she was a "tough negotiator".

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Time to reach an agreement between the European Union and Britain on divorce terms is getting very short, but a deal that would unblock talks on a future trade agreement is still possible by next week, the chairman of EU leaders said.

Denis Staunton, the London editor of the Irish Times, accuses Theresa May of "dithering" on the border issue, and warns that she could come under pressure from the DUP and Brexit supporters in her own party to "walk away from talks".

"No deal today doesn't necessarily mean the end of the world if we've got a couple more days left".

With political fires to extinguish on a near daily basis - in the form of an unruly Cabinet, a shaky alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland and, more recently, her de facto deputy accused of viewing porn on his parliamentary computer - pressure is intensifying on the Conservative party leader.

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How to maintain a soft Irish border has emerged as the key sticking point in Brexit negotiations, after London indicated it was ready to up its offer on the so-called "divorce bill" to as much as £50 billion.

Brexit Secretary David Davis told a House of Commons committee on Wednesday that the nation should be prepared for a profound shift in the way the economy operates on a scale similar to that of the 2008 financial crisis.

Tusk, the European Council President, was adamant Friday that the Ireland issue must be resolved before any post-Brexit trade discussions can move forward. "Both governments understand what each other is asking for".

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage called on Mrs May to "leave office now".

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