British Primary Minister Theresa May will meet European Union leader Jean-Claude Juncker before dawn on Brussels on Friday as the two sides seek to clinch a offer to open talks on post-Brexit trade.
May will meet up with the European Commission president in 0600 GMT, with a news conference to follow half an hour to an hour later, the commission said.
May’s Downing Street business office said she would travel and leisure with Brexit Secretary David Davis and in addition encounter EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier.
“The prime minister is travelling to Brussels for further meetings on the Brexit negotiations,” a Downing Road spokeswoman said.
EU and Irish officials had said previous that Britain and Ireland could be hours from agreement on a text outlining how they might run their post-Brexit property border on the island of Ireland, paving the way for a offer that would take away the last obstacle to beginning free-trade talks with europe.
A carefully choreographed try to showcase the improvement of Brexit talks collapsed in the last minute on Mon when the Northern Irish party that props up May’s government vetoed a draft deal currently agreed with the government in Dublin.
Since then, May has been scrambling to clinch a offer on the brand new UK-EU property border in Ireland that is acceptable to europe, Dublin, her own lawmakers and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which keeps her government in electricity.
DUP leader Arlene Foster negotiated through the first hours with May, a DUP source told Reuters. Foster would make a statement down the road Friday, the foundation said.\