May to reconvene Brexit talks with European Union this week

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May addresses a news conference during an European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, October 20, 2017.

"Those Labour members who shout 'how?' - that's the whole point of the second phase of the negotiations".

The same paper's Fintan O'Toole tells supporters of leaving the EU without an agreement that the latest crisis shows the "unflinching support of EU member states, the European Parliament, and the EU negotiating team" has put Ireland in a "much stronger political position than Britain".

May has found it difficult to come up with a formula that satisfies both European Union member Ireland, which wants to avoid creation of a "hard" border, and Northern Ireland's DUP party which says the British province must quit the European Union on the same terms as the rest of the UK.

The EU has had "enough time now to decide whether or not they are going to discuss trade with us, they need to get on with it and if they don't get on with it the closer we get to walking away with no deal", she said. A British spokesman said: "With plenty of discussions still to go, Monday will be an important staging post on the road to the crucial December Council".

"In the final stretch of these complex negotiations, the prime minister is on a razor edge", he writes, and wonders whether Mrs May's latest concession to Brussels might now "unpin the Brexit hand grenade in the UK" and "ignite Belfast, and then Edinburgh and Cardiff" in revolt against her planned deal.

Since the referendum in 2016, high-profile opponents of Brexit have suggested Britain could change its mind and avoid what they say will be a disaster for its economy. "We need to clear the Brexit hurdles first before the FX market can respond to better economic data", he said.

The party opposed the agreement because it said it wanted no "regulatory divergence" between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain.

Coveney said that draft texts were produced following progress in talks last Thursday and that discussions had continued over the weekend. "But at this stage it is very hard to make a prediction".

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