UK's Brexit chief rushes to Brussels for Sunday talks

UK's Brexit chief rushes to Brussels for Sunday talks

The major sticking point remains how to avoid the need for a hard customs border at the land frontier between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit.

Officials on both sides have now all-but given up on a breakthrough this week, and are increasingly concerned that time is running out to get an agreement before the UK's exit in March, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the talks are confidential.

Rabb's surprise trip to Brussels spurred speculation of a breakthrough in the negotiations, a possibility reinforced by the call for the ambassadors from the bloc's 27 nations to meet at European Union headquarters, starting at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Prime Minister Theresa May is to travel to Brussels on Wednesday for the start of the summit, when both sides want to sign off on a draft withdrawal agreement to set out the terms for Britain's divorce from the EU.

Several said there was little chance the leaders would give Barnier new instructions.

THERESA May's allies have moved to reassure the DUP that is she is still "a very Unionist Prime Minister".

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who was hosting eight European Union counterparts at his Chevening country retreat, said "there is no-one who is going to be able to negotiate the right deal for Britain better than Theresa May", adding "she is battling for Britain".

"There will be no overall deal but that doesn't mean there will be nothing agreed at all because certain essential things are required, both on the European Union side and on our side".

Dominic Raab's office said in a statement that the unusual weekend meeting with the EU's Michel Barnier was necessary.

Under the current plans, if there is a Brexit deal the transition period will last until the end of 2020, during which the United Kingdom will accept Brussels' rules without having a seat at the table when they are decided.

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But the European Union is mounting resistance to any specific time limit being included in the text of the UK's Withdrawal Agreement, while Leave-backing ministers are understood to be insistent that the end of the arrangement should be more precisely defined than the vague term "temporary".

It is unclear now whether the leaders will call for the November summit this week.

Even loyal ministers are deeply anxious - "She is like a chess player who only has the king left - all she can do is move one square at a time until she is check-mated". But so far that has not met British reservations.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said: "It was completely wrong of the Government to agree this so-called Northern Irish "backstop" on December 8 previous year, and those of us who had doubts at the time have been more than vindicated".

Friends of the former Brexit secretary told the paper that fellow leadership hopeful, Boris Johnson, is struggling to build a large enough base of MPs prepared to put him on the final ballot sent out to members.

Health minister Matt Hancock suggested the backstop could be temporary without such the date, an argument that may fall flat for some Eurosceptic lawmakers who are calling for May to "chuck Chequers", her Brexit plan named after her country residence.

Stewart Jackson, who was chief of staff to former Brexit secretary David Davis, said it was "quite possible" that another Cabinet minister could follow the example of his former boss and resign.

It comes as the Times newspaper reports the PM is contemplating ending the Conservative-DUP agreement in order get her Brexit deal through Parliament.

"What we can not do is see the United Kingdom locked in by the back door to Customs Union Arrangement what it should leave us in a definite limbo".

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