Britain and the European Union are on the cusp of a Brexit deal which could be clinched in the next 24 to 48 hours, Prime Minister Theresa May’s de facto deputy said on Tuesday. “We’re not quite there yet,” Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington told BBC radio. “We are almost within touching distance now.”
Multiple reports today suggested Theresa May is trying to get a deal agreed on her own side within 48 hours. Otherwise there will not be enough time to arrange a special November summit with the other 27 EU leaders. A government source told Sky News: “Realistically at some stage on Wednesday is as late as it can go”.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney: “The Irish position remains consistent and very clear that a ‘time-limited backstop’ or a backstop that could be ended by UK unilaterally would never be agreed to by Ireland or the European Union. These ideas are not backstops at all + don’t deliver on previous UK commitments.”