Make or Break: 10 days to strike a deal on the 'Irish question'
The UK and Irish governments have just 10 days to strike a deal on the 'Irish question' before the UK can progress to phase two of their Brexit negotiations with the EU. Here's a timeline of events.
Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier will brief the European Commission on where the deal collapsed and the chances of getting it back on track.
Friday, December 8
Mr Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, is due to make a final assessment on any deal after reviewing a taskforce report.
Monday, December 11
EU27 diplomats put together a strategy for the days ahead.
Tuesday, December 12
EU affairs ministers meet ahead of the summit. Ireland will be represented by Helen McEntee.
Thursday, December 14
Theresa May will gather with other EU leaders in Brussels for the opening section of the EU Summit, which will deal with defence issues, social affairs, foreign affairs and migration.
Friday, December 15
D-Day. Mrs May will be excluded as the EU27 decide whether to allow Brexit talks to progress to phase II. If no progress is made on the ‘Irish question’ then Leo Varadkar will take centre-stage.