United Kingdom and European Union fail to reach Brexit deal after crunch Brussels meeting

"It was not possible to reach complete agreement today", he said. The legislature, which must approve any withdrawal treaty if a disruptive Brexit is to be avoided in March 2019, has demanded that European Union courts have the final say in guaranteeing rights for 3 million European Union citizens in Britain.

May made her entrance at European Union headquarters around the same time, smiling and courteous, as she shook hands with Juncker and both went inside the European Union headquarters for talsk.

Brussels officials and diplomats sounded increasingly confident of a deal over the weekend, but they caution that much will depend on the outcome of May's talks over lunch. "But on a couple of issues some differences do remain which require further negotiation and consultation". 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. But Ireland and the other EU nations are demanding to know how that will work if Britain is outside the EU's borderless single market and its tariff-free customs union, a looser trading bloc that includes non-EU states like Turkey.

The Prime Minister is reliant on any support from the party as the DUP is propping up her government with its 10 MPs.

It is understood this is a sticking point in reaching a deal on post-Brexit citizens' rights, the part of the phase one divorce negotiations that had previously been considered to be the most advanced.

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Elmar Brok, another member of the European Parliament who met Juncker and his Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, shortly before they met May, said "just a few words" had separated the sides and that there was a "very good chance" of agreement. The pro-British Unionist party opposes any special status that could take Northern Ireland further from Britain and closer to the Republic of Ireland. "The economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom must not be compromised in any way".

Varadkar said he would speak in public shortly.

He added: "I still hope that this matter can be concluded in the coming days as agreed".

Chief European Parliament Brexit official Guy Verhofstadt, who had put the odds of agreement Monday at "50/50", warned that unless all issues are solved "there will be no green light in October 2018".

Ahead of the meeting, a source close to the discussions on the Irish border told Sky News: "There's been some progress on the wording from both sides, but a bit of a distance to go".

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