Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

May makes dawn flight to Brussels as Brexit seems done

May makes dawn flight to Brussels as Brexit seems done

Mr Juncker said he will recommend that negotiations be broadened to future relations and trade. European Union leaders look set to approve the move at a summit next week.

Stephen Martin, director general of the Institute of Directors, said: 'It went right down to the wire, but businesses will be breathing a huge sigh of relief'.

Despite the appearance of good cheer on both sides, significant tensions appeared to remain embedded in the agreement over the divorce deal, which will not be finalized until the very end of the full Brexit negotiation. But ministers will have to decide what they are willing to sacrifice in order to get what they want and the answer will vary from one faction to another within government and within the Tory Party. Negotiators worked through the night to seal an agreement on the terms of Britain's departure from the bloc.

Ms Foster will make a statement later on Friday, a source said.

"We cautioned the prime minister about proceeding with this agreement in its present form given the issues which still need to be resolved and the views expressed to us by many of her own party colleagues", said Ms Foster. Disagreements over rules governing the border between the Republic of Ireland, which is a member of the European Union, and the United Kingdom province of Northern Ireland derailed an earlier proposal.

Anything that jeopardises that could trigger a backlash from Brexit-backing Tories at a sensitive time, with the Cabinet set to discuss the "end state" of the UK's relationship with the European Union before the end of the year.

The border issue has been threatening to derail the divorce talks.

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Varadkar said Wednesday that avoiding a hard border remains his "absolute red line".

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker needs to have a meeting with Theresa may, the head of the British Parliament.

He said: "I believe that we have now made the breakthrough that we needed".

British Prime Minister Theresa May flew to Brussels early Friday morning to meet with Juncker after all night talks with European Union and Irish negotiators in London.

The announcement that Brexit talks are set to move on to issues of trade and transition was welcomed by United Kingdom business leaders.

British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to agree a deal to open talks on a Brexit trade deal with the European Union on December 4 as the Democratic Unionist Party objected to proposals to keep EU rules in Northern Ireland.

"We are making progress but not yet fully there".

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