Prime Minister Theresa May heads into Brussels for a summit with fellow leaders with Brexit talks at an impasse over how to avoid a policed border with Ireland. With the U.K. scheduled to leave the European Union in March 2019, what’s become known as the “Irish backstop” has proven to be the biggest obstacle to a negotiated withdrawal deal.
May is scheduled to meet EU Council President Donald Tusk at 5:45 p.m, local time, in Brussels. At 7 p.m., she will address the bloc’s 27 leaders, who will then convene over dinner without her to discuss the next steps in the process.
Earlier in the day, Environment Secretary Michael Gove spoke at a parliamentary committee. He is a key figure in May’s Cabinet and was a high-profile Leave campaigner. His voice matters in any government split.
“It might be the case – and we have seen how European negotiations work – it might be the case progress is made at the October council, progress is made at the November council, and it’s even as late as the December council before a deal is done,” he said.
Asked about the comments, a government spokeswoman said the plan is to get it done "in the Autumn." Officials have indicated that it needs to be done by year-end at the latest to allow time for legislation to go through Parliament.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said while he’s open to fresh thinking on how to break the impasse, any extension to ...