Sterling spikes on news of UK-Ireland trade breakthrough

Mr Juncker said the meeting was

London has broadly agreed to numerous EU's divorce terms, including paying out something like 50 billion euros.

"Despite our best efforts and the significant process we and our teams have made over the past days on the remaining withdrawal issues, it was not possible to reach an agreement", EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said.

"I have a good feeling but I am not prejudging the outcome", one senior Brussels diplomat said.

David McAllister, a vice-president of the European People's Party - the European Parliament's largest grouping - said it was "difficult to predict" whether EU leaders will sanction the start of second phase Brexit talks this month, also classing the prospects of progress at "50/50".

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They will hold a summit on Friday, Dec. 15, chaired by European Council President Donald Tusk, with whom May has scheduled a meeting at 4 p.m., after her lunch with Juncker.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Irish government have failed to reach a deal on the crucial Brexit issue of the Northern Ireland border, authorities announced on Monday.

Mr Coveney told RTE Radio One he believed that the post-Brexit border will be "invisible" with "no barriers" and "will look very much like it looks today".

"Crucially it is clear that we want to move forward together, but on a couple of issues, differences do remain, which require further negotiation and consultation", said May before heading to meet President of the European Council Donald Tusk nearly one-hour late than scheduled. The pro-British Unionist party opposes any special status that could take Northern Ireland further from Britain and closer to the Republic of Ireland.

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One solution is to allow Northern Ireland to stay in the customs union when the rest of the United Kingdom leaves.

Britain is set to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019 yet the progress on its exit and the terms of new relations have been painfully slow. "But at this stage it is very hard to make a prediction", said an official.

Speaking at a joint press conference in Brussels with Mr Juncker, Mrs May said: "We have been negotiating hard".

May portrays Monday's meeting as part of preparations for an European Union summit on December 15 - though the European Union says no negotiations will be conducted at the summit itself, so Monday is the last chance for her to make offers.

Yogi credits Modi for BJP's resounding performance in UP civic polls
Independent Rajendra Kumar Singh won the Sirathu Nagar Pacnhayat seat while SP's Urmila Devi emerged victorious in Karari Nagar. Congress had a drubbing as it lost its bastion Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of its vice president Rahul Gandhi.

Varadkar said he was "surprised and disappointed that the British government now appears not to be in a position to conclude what was agreed earlier today".

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