Brexit deal on Irish border '50/50' after 'some progress'

Calling May as a tough negotiator in his two-minute briefing, Juncker said he is confident that sufficient progress could be reached before the European Union summit slated for December 15.

In London, May's spokesman said: "Progress is being made".

DUP leader Arlene Foster, who held a mid-afternoon phone call with May, had earlier taken to the airwaves after reports emerged of an agreement that would give Northern Ireland a different regulatory status from the rest of Britain.

But critics say that it would effectively move the customs border between the United Kingdom and the Republic into the Irish Sea, if the rest of the United Kingdom was not in the single market.

No agreement has yet been reached between Britain and Ireland on the future of the Northern Irish border after Brexit, but a breakthrough could come later today, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said.

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The EU and United Kingdom failed to reach an agreement on sufficient progress towards a Brexit deal Monday following a key lunch between Theresa May and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

The UK however said it would not create a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of Britain.

But the DUP pulled the plug as it raised fears that the United Kingdom was making too many concessions when it came to the Irish border.

The question of how to maintain a soft Irish border had emerged as the key sticking point to getting agreement from the European Union to move on to phase two in the Brexit negotiations. National envoys handling Brexit were also summoned urgently to a meeting in Brussels later on Monday.

The border issue remained the main sticking point.

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May was given the deadline of December 4 to table the offers before an European council summit on December 14, when EU leaders will decide if "sufficient progress" has been made to proceed to the next phase. The lives of millions of families are at stake.

The EU has demanded "sufficient progress" on key withdrawal issues - the UK's exit payment, citizens' rights and Irish border - before the second phase can start.

The parliament needs to sign off the Brexit divorce agreement. But the issues of the rights of expatriate citizens and the UK-EU border on the island of Ireland defied a deal until the last minute.

May and Juncker made no comment to reporters when they met at the European Union executive's Berlaymont headquarters for a lunch that diplomats and officials hope can seal a breakthrough that would open the way to negotiations on future trade relations.

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