Saturday, July 20News For London

May fails to reach agreement in Brussels

Despite today’s talks between Theresa May and European figure heads, no agreement has been reached on the first stage of Brexit.

No agreement reached over Brexit (image courtesy of Rock Cohen).

Speaking in Brussels European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said it wasn’t possible to reach a complete agreement today.

Theresa May has said a lot of progress has been made, but some isssues do remain.

With talks reconvening before the end of the week, the Prime Minister has said she was “confident we will conclude this positively”.

The negotiations were believed to have stalled after Theresa May had to break away from talks with EU officials to speak on the phone with Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.

It was reported that the UK had been prepared to make concessions on how Northern Ireland would be affected by the Brexit agreement.

The issue entered around whether or not Northern Ireland would remain in the European Union’s customs union and single market.

Arlene Foster said her party “will not accept any form of regulatory divergence”. The DUP is currently propping up Theresa May’s minority Conservative government after the conservative lost their majority in the June 2017 snap general election.

See the build-up to this announcement on Westminster World here.

(Sub-Miranda Tomlinson)