Brexit Bulletin: Breakthrough Before Breakfast

MP Mike Gapes

MP Mike Gapes

After a tumultuous day which saw a choreographed attempt to showcase the progress of Brexit talks thwarted at the last minute, May will try to gauge on Tuesday what her supporters in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) might accept.

Commission European President Jean-Claude Juncker gave a speech at just before 7am saying sufficient progress has been made to move onto the second stage of the terms of the divorce.

The UK, which is due to leave the European Union in March 2019, wants to open talks on a new free trade deal as soon as possible.

A breakthrough deal on the first stage of Brexit has been dramatically secured by British Prime Minister Theresa May after making "sufficient progress" in early-morning European Union talks.

Dylan Farrow: The hypocrisy behind Hollywood's continued acceptance of Woody Allen
She figures her husband's cronies won't look for her at Humpty's because they know she hasn't talked to her father in five years. Winslet was asked about those allegations by the Los Angeles Times last month but was skittish with her answer.

Theresa May arrived in Brussels on Friday morning following overnight talks on the issue of the Irish border.

She was in Brussels about to agree to outline divorce terms on Britain's withdrawal on Monday, December 4, when she was interrupted by objections from her Northern Irish allies to a planned wording on the Irish border.

May's office said she and Varadkar are "working hard to find a specific solution to the unique circumstances in Northern Ireland", which have triggered a crisis in Britain's divorce negotiations. If a hard Brexit for most of the United Kingdom and a soft Brexit for Northern Ireland is out of the running because of the DUP, and a hard Brexit for the whole of the United Kingdom including Northern Ireland is out because of the border issue, that leaves only a soft Brexit for all of the UK. Scotland's nationalist leader showed little patience, accusing the British government of being "totally and utterly incompetent" on Brexit. "The sooner we are in control over our own future here in Scotland the better, and this week has proved it", she added. Dijsselbloem, the Netherlands finance minister who chairs meetings of his counterparts in the 19-country eurozone, said that some businesses would nevertheless have to relocate. "We've seen a rally in the pound over the last couple of weeks on the expectation of a deal being agreed so what we may be seeing is simply a case of buying the rumour and selling the fact", he said. "I don't think that's how it's going to work", he told a European Parliament committee.

Latest News