Future of Irish border remains Brexit obstacle
Dec. 5, 2017 at 12:07 a.m.
BRUSSELS — The European Union and Britain ended a flurry of top-level diplomacy Monday without a deal on the terms of their divorce, as agreement on how to maintain an open Irish border after Brexit slipped away.
But the two sides said they were within striking distance of consensus, setting up a hectic negotiating rush ahead of an EU summit next week. Member countries must decide whether to broaden the talks to the topic of future relations.
British Prime Minister Theresa May went to Brussels for a long negotiating lunch with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. After a day that see-sawed between hope and disappointment, the leaders failed to make what the EU considers "sufficient progress" on three issues: Britain's exit bill, the rights of citizens affected by Brexit and the status of the currently invisible Irish border.