Brexit latest: UK ‘very close’ to agreeing Irish border Brexit deal | UK | News

A breakthrough in talks tonight could push Brexit into the next stage and lay the foundations for a future trade deal. 

A series of evening calls between London, Dublin, Stormont and Brussels are ongoing as officials attempt to thrash out an agreement ahead of the EU deadline. 

Reuters has quoted the senior Irish official as saying the negotiations between Westminster, Dublin and Stormont are “moving quickly” and could be concluded in a matter of “hours”.

And now, the EU Commission says an “early meeting is possible” between Mr Juncker and the Prime Minister, who have spoken on the phone tonight. 

The PM has also talked with her Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar, raising the possibility of an imminent deal over the Northern Ireland border issue.

A spokesman for Mrs May said: “The Prime Minister has this evening spoken with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in separate telephone calls.

“Discussions about taking forward the Brexit process are ongoing.”

Speaking at a British Irish Chamber of Commerce event in Brussels earlier this evening, the Irish official said: “It is moving quite quickly at the moment. Negotiations are continuing.

“I think we are going to work over the next couple of hours with the UK government to close this off.

“I say hours because I think we are very close.”

Mr Juncker also spoke with Irish PM Leo Varadkar and Theresa May tonight, according to his chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas. 

The spokesman tweeted: ”We are making progress but not yet fully there.

“Talks are continuing throughout the night. 

“Early morning meeting possible. 

“Tonight more than ever, stay tuned, gsms on.”

European Council President Donald Tusk announced today he would make a statement on Brexit early tomorrow morning, fuelling speculation a deal on the border is imminent.

However Number 10 has played down prospects of an imminent deal, with the Press Association quoting a Government source as saying “We’re not…

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