Brexit talks deadlocked on Ireland border issue

Oct 15, 2018, 7:30 AM EDT
(Source: Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916/flickr)
(Source: Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916/flickr)

Renewed differences on the nagging problem of Britain’s border with Ireland dashed any hopes of a Brexit deal being agreed ahead of a European Union summit this week, leaving the negotiators deadlocked after marathon talks on Sunday.

The so-called backstop arrangement, proposed by the E.U., has been the sticking point in the negotiations, even as both sides seek to close the talks by mid-November to give their respective parliaments enough time to approve the deal, notes Reuters.

British Prime Minister Theresa May would invite the wrath of her Democratic Unionist party allies if she yields to the EU demands on the Northern Ireland border issue, writes The Guardian. For the now, the negotiations between the E.U. and the U.K. have been paused and May invited to address the EU27 heads of state and government on Wednesday.