Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Brexit: the European Union has set a last deadline for the UK

Brexit: the European Union has set a last deadline for the UK

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that a solution to the issue "can only be discovered in the context of discussions on the end state of the U.K.'s relations with the rest of the European Union". May portrays Monday's meeting as part of preparations for an European Union summit on December 15 - though the European Union says Monday is the last chance for her to make offers as there will be no negotiations at the summit itself.

Despite the earlier suggestion of pro-Brexit minister Boris Johnson that the European Union could "go whistle" for any excessive payment, is not thought that any disagreement remains about the way the "divorce bill" will be calculated.

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.

"I accept that the Prime Minister (Theresa May) has asked for more time, and I know that she faces many challenges, and I acknowledge that she is negotiating in good faith", he added.

The EU does not want to start talks on a future trade relationship before sorting out the terms of the divorce.

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More than 30 pro-Brexit supporters, including members of parliament and former Conservative ministers, have signed a letter calling on May to walk away from talks unless key conditions are met.

Still unresolved however is the thorny topic of the Irish border however, with a source telling the paper how "work is needed to find a formula to satisfy Ireland".

It is expected that next week at the summit, European Union leaders must agree on basic principles for the second phase of negotiations on Brexit if there was sufficient progress in the rights of citizens of the Irish border and financial settlements.

Ireland has called on Britain to provide details of how it will ensure there is no "regulatory divergence" after Brexit in March 2019 that would require physical border controls.

One difficulty for Theresa May is that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - who she relies on for a majority in the House of Commons, has said that it would veto any bid to move Northern Ireland closer to the Republic.

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The paper says Mrs May could "open a Pandora's box" of demands from Scotland, Wales and London that could "lead to the disintegration of the United Kingdom".

A new round of talks between Brussels and London is relatively Brexit is expected today.

Mr Bercow replied: "I understand the impatience of (Mr Davies) but we mustn't allow this to become a spat between people who want to say all is well and those who want to say all is ill".

An Irish government official said late on Sunday there was "still a away to go" on reaching a deal.

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