THERESA May abandoned plans to travel to Brussels in a last-gasp bid to save her Brexit deal as negotiations with the EU ground to a halt.
Downing Street sources warned that the talks are currently “deadlocked” after the Prime Minister spoke to Jean-Claude Juncker over the phone. After their discussion, Mrs May decided against travelling to meet the European Commission President in Brussels. This comes after a weekend of technical-level negotiations failed to deliver a compromise on Mrs May’s draft EU withdrawal agreement.
According to Brussels sources, the talks were “constructive” and focused on a text that will help Attorney General Geoffrey Cox reverse his legal advice that the Irish backstop could leave Britain trapped “indefinitely” in a customs union.
Member states are yet to be briefed on the finer details of the weekend plans.
EU27 ambassadors have been summoned for a secret meeting to discuss the latest work.
Mrs May could this week be forced to ask Brussels for an extension to the EU’s Article 50 exit clause after a series of Commons votes.
Tomorrow MPs are due to vote on the Prime Minister’s deal.
If politicians reject the deal, they will be asked to rule out and back a Brexit delay in the following days.