Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker outside Downing Street in April 2017

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Mrs Could will meet Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels later

Theresa Could is ready 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 had been reached this weekend on the UK “divorce invoice” and residents’ rights.

However the UK border with Eire stays an impressive difficulty.

The PM will meet European Fee president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels, with Downing Avenue saying “loads of discussions” lie forward.

Katya Adler stated 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 begin talks a couple of free commerce settlement however the EU says it’s going to solely advocate this could happen when it deems “ample progress” has been made on the opposite points.

The UK voted for Brexit final 12 months and is because of go away in March 2019, however negotiations between the EU and the UK haven’t but reached a breakthrough.

Mrs Could might 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 “essential staging submit” on the path to the “essential” summit with the opposite 27 leaders in the midst of the month when it hopes commerce talks can start.

Nonetheless, Mr Tusk has said Dublin have to be glad there might be no return to a “exhausting 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’

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Katya Adler, BBC Europe editor

Brussels is in an upbeat temper.

There’s speak 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 difficulty.

Dublin desires written assurances from Downing Avenue that the Good Friday settlement might be protected and that there might be no introduction of a tough border between the Republic of Eire and Northern Eire.

What’s at stake right here is just not a remaining deal however for the EU to resolve if sufficient progress has been made for Brexit talks to widen to incorporate negotiations on the longer term form of EU-UK relations.

Theresa Could’s lunch with the European Fee President Jean Claude Juncker is essential.

She might be anticipated to present private assurances and iron out any excellent disagreements.

If all goes easily, a joint UK-EU report will then be revealed locking in all understandings thus far.

Each 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.

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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 sequence 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 sequence 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 Courtroom of Justice within the UK. However she has prompt its remit would possibly proceed throughout an “implementation interval” after this date.

What negotiations have already occurred?

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Media captionThe UK authorities has ensured that it’ll honour pre-Brexit vote commitments

The talks to date have targeted on what occurs to residents’ rights after Brexit, the sum of money 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 may very well be value as much as 50bn euros (£44bn).

There has additionally been a lot of give attention to the Eire query in latest weeks, with the Irish authorities looking for extra data on the “frictionless border” the UK desires to ascertain so customs checks should not wanted.