Cannot say when Brexit deal could be reached, says EU’s Barnier


The European Union’s Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, today said it is impossible to say when divorce talks with Britain would be finalised and that there would be no deal agreed without a solid fix for the Irish border.

“To be frank, we are not there yet. The clock is ticking. The choices need to be made now on the UK side,” he said.

“The clock is ticking. I will not give you a date. I cannot give you a date. There are still important issues outstanding… so we have more work to do.”

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar also said today that as the days went by a summit in November was getting less likely.

According to sources, PM Theresa May could use her visit to Belgium on Friday to make a dash to Brussels to lock in an agreement, if she gets her cabinet behind it by then.