Theresa Could is about to fulfill key EU figures for talks on Brexit which may decide whether or not the UK is ready to transfer on to negotiations on commerce.
BBC Europe editor Katya Adler says offers have been reached this weekend on the UK “divorce invoice” and residents’ rights.
However the UK border with Eire stays an excellent situation.
The PM will meet European Fee president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels, with Downing Avenue saying “loads of discussions” lie forward.
Katya Adler mentioned there was an “upbeat temper” of “cautious optimism”.
The timings of Mrs Could’s go to marks a deadline set by Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, for her to return ahead with an improved provide on the phrases of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
The UK is hoping to start out talks a couple of free commerce settlement however the EU says it’ll solely suggest this may happen when it deems “ample progress” has been made on the opposite points.
The UK voted for Brexit final yr and is because of depart in March 2019, however negotiations between the EU and the UK haven’t but reached a breakthrough.
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Mrs Could can be accompanied by the Brexit Secretary David Davis for the discussions with Mr Juncker and Mr Tusk.
Downing Avenue has described the assembly as an “necessary staging submit” on the path to the “essential” summit with the opposite 27 leaders in the course of the month when it hopes commerce talks can start.
Nevertheless, Mr Tusk has said Dublin should be happy there can be no return to a “onerous border” between Northern Eire and the Republic after Brexit, earlier than the EU strikes on to the subsequent stage of negotiations.
Evaluation: ‘Private assurances sought’
Katya Adler, BBC Europe editor
Brussels is in an upbeat temper.
There’s discuss of motion, traction and an absence of negativity in last-minute negotiations earlier than the prime minister’s go to.
This weekend diplomats finalised agreements on residents’ rights and the monetary settlement. Eire stays the excellent situation.
Dublin desires written assurances from Downing Avenue that the Good Friday settlement can be protected and that there can be no introduction of a tough border between the Republic of Eire and Northern Eire.
What’s at stake right here will not be a remaining deal however for the EU to determine if sufficient progress has been made for Brexit talks to widen to incorporate negotiations on the long run form of EU-UK relations.
Theresa Could’s lunch with the European Fee President Jean Claude Juncker is vital.
She can be anticipated to provide private assurances and iron out any excellent disagreements.
If all goes easily, a joint UK-EU report will then be printed locking in all understandings to this point.
Either side describe themselves as cautiously optimistic however some within the UK are prone to really feel the federal government has bowed too deeply to EU calls for.
Mrs Could’s assembly comes because the EU withdrawal invoice returns to the Commons for a fourth day of debate.
In the meantime, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned there will be no Brexit at all until Mrs Could is supported.
His feedback got here after a collection of distinguished Conservatives together with Jacob Rees-Mogg, John Redwood and former chancellor Lord Lawson signed a letter calling on Mrs Could to refuse to settle the UK’s “divorce invoice” until Brussels agrees to a collection of calls for.
These included ending the European court docket’s jurisdiction the second the UK leaves in March 2019.
The prime minister has promised that Brexit will finish the jurisdiction of the European Court docket of Justice within the UK. However she has urged its remit may proceed throughout an “implementation interval” after this date.
What negotiations have already occurred?
The talks to this point have centered on what occurs to residents’ rights after Brexit, the amount of cash the UK pays, and the way forward for the Irish border.
On the “divorce invoice”, the UK is known to have recently increased its offer, which could possibly be value as much as 50bn euros (£44bn).
There has additionally been a lot of concentrate on the Eire query in latest weeks, with the Irish authorities searching for extra data on the “frictionless border” the UK desires to ascertain so customs checks aren’t wanted.