Cabinet to quiz Theresa May over reports that Brexit deal is imminent

The Times claims chief European Union negotiator Michel Barnier revealed the concession on the Irish border at a private meeting in London last week which would see checks carried out at factories and shops rather than at any border.

Under the banner headline "May's Secret Brexit Deal", the newspaper said she's also on course to gain an agreement on a "future economic partnership" that will allow Britain to keep open the prospect of a similar free-trade accord to the one Canada has with the EU.

According to the Telegraph, May has included Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the government's chief legal adviser, in her special Brexit Cabinet after ministers said they wouldn't sign off on a deal without his advice.

Simon Coveney and David Lidington, the UK Cabinet Office minister, said on Friday evening that there had been progress in negotiations that could resolve the deadlock and produce a deal this month.

It is said that the Prime Minister hopes the agreement will placate remain-backing Tories and win over some Labour MPs.

But she is expected to warn Brexiteers that if they reject the deal she puts on the table, they will be faced with a very hard no deal scenario. That in turn could sway the euroskeptic wing of her Conservative Party.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he wouldn't add to what he described as "speculation".

Aurora, the Air Force's falcon, injured in West Point prank
The academy said Sunday in a statement that an apology was given to the Air Force Academy and that an investigation is underway. Falcons in captivity tend to live about 25 years, according to the Teton Raptor Center in Wilson, Wyo.

He also indicated that a Brexit deal would give renewed impetus to parties in Northern Ireland to reach an agreement to restore devolved government in the region 22 months after the Stormont assembly collapsed.

The hardline stance adopted by the British "stunned" Irish officials, and was viewed as a setback to clinching a Brexit deal this week.

Waterstones chief executive James Daunt, ex-Sainsbury (Amsterdam: SJ6.AS - news) 's chief executive Justin King, Lastminute.com founder Baroness Lane-Fox and Innocent Drinks co-founder Richard Reed are among over 70 signatories of a letter calling for a second Brexit referendum.

The National Crime Agency is investigating insurance tycoon Arron Banks after electoral officials alleged that 8 million pounds ($10.4 million) he funneled to a pro-Brexit group might have come from outside the United Kingdom, in violation of election laws.

Banks denied wrongdoing Sunday, accusing anti-Brexit politicians and journalists of pursuing a "witch-hunt" against him.

"There was no Russian money and no interference of any type", he said.

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