European Union leaders gather for 'moment of truth' Brexit summit

First, no one with any experience of global trade negotiations believes that Britain and the European Union will be able to conclude the kind of uniquely ambitious trade and security partnership they say they want within the 21-month timeframe of the existing transition period. To pave the way for a deal, Fox is planning to scrap European food standards, Business Insider reported last month.

Speaking ahead of a Brexit summit in Brussels, Malmstrom said the Europeans "see this merely as preparations being made by the U.S.to negotiate with them and others". "Let me tell you categorically that these reports are untrue".

She stressed that "the devil is in the details" in the complex negotiations still ahead on Britain extracting itself from the club of 27 nations.

Despite her appearance, any hopes of a Brexit deal breakthrough is as low as it has ever been in recent weeks.

May will also have separate meetings with key figures on the border question: Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

She tried to reassure MPs the United Kingdom wouldn't end up in "permanent limbo", tied to the EU's customs rules, and did her best to convince Sinn Fein's leaders that she would not sign up to any deal which created a new border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Both sides stress that there was progress on other unresolved issues, such as how the withdrawal agreement could be governed, and any role for the European Court of Justice, and the mutual recognition of Geographical Indications, such as Champagne, and Welsh Caerphilly.

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May plans to accentuate the positive when she addresses the other 27 European Union leaders Wednesday - before they have dinner without her - by stressing how much progress has been made in many areas.

At a three-hour cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning, which included ministers with reservations about her strategy, May said a deal was possible if they all stood together. "And what Michel Barnier has indicated very clearly is that the European Union side certainly is willing to allow more time in the transition period to agree an alternative solution to the backstop".

"Both sides want to get a deal done here, and I think we need... to allow the negotiating teams to set the pace with a view to making recommendations, hopefully by mid-November, that a new summit is necessary to sign off on a final deal".

Mr Roth made clear that Germany is alive to the problems Mrs May could face in getting any deal through Parliament, telling reporters: "I have the impression that it is hard to secure the appropriate parliamentary majority in Great Britain".

May reassured MPs on Monday that she would not accept the EU's demand that the backstop plan for the United Kingdom to stay in the customs union after Brexit to be indefinite.

If the existing transition expired before it was ready, then the original Northern Ireland-specific backstop would have to kick in.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May peers into a hot water urn during a meeting at a social group in Vauxhall from a charity working to combat loneliness at the launch of the first loneliness strategy, in Vauxhall, London, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. The politics of all this in flux and now is not the time to shut down options either for Britain or Europe.

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