No deal on Border as May due to hold key Brexit talks

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Overnight talks have failed to produce a breakthrough deal on the Northern Ireland Border. 

Sources in Dublin confirmed on Monday confirmed no deal had been reached during talks between Irish, British and EU officials. The source said this morning: the “ingredients (for a deal are) there for the summit but no deal as yet”.

The Cabinet is holding a special meeting this morning but it is unlikely to have a deal on the Border to consider.

In advance of a crucial meeting in Brussels today between the British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier, the EU’s lead Brexit negotiator in Brussels, the Government wanted Britain to declare it attaches the same importance to avoiding a hard Border, even if it exits the EU without a deal, as it does to its red-line issues on leaving the single market and customs union.

The Border is one of three key issues to be resolved as part of the first phase of the Brexit talks. It is understood proposals on the other two issues; the “divorce bill” and citizens’ rights, were agreed over the weekend. .

Ireland is also seeking clarification on the transition phase, protections for the Belfast Agreement and the Common Travel Area, as well as ensuring there is no regulatory divergence between North and South in the final Brexit deal.

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