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Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab visited Brussels for unplanned talks

Following the meeting, the Prime Minister's spokesman said: "She said we have made progress on a huge number of issues in the negotiations but there remained sticking points in two key areas".

Barnier's comment raised the prospect that a deal may not be done until a further summit later this year, and the talks could go to the wire or even collapse altogether and result in a "no deal" outcome.

May was is set to make a statement to Parliament later on Monday.

Former Tory MEP Stanley Johnson has said the Irish would shoot each other "if they want to" irrespective of the status of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit.

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster may have called for "cool heads" to prevail in Brexit negotiations on a visit to Dublin on Monday, but there was no walking back of the party's "blood-red" line.

There has been little success in narrowing the gap between those competing demands, and Ireland's Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said any deal would now "take a bit more time than many people had hoped".

"I am clear we are not going to be trapped permanently in a single customs territory, unable to do meaningful trade deals".

"A backstop can not be time-limited".

"Given the way in which the European Union has behaved and the corner they've put Theresa May into, there's no deal which I can see at present which will command a majority in the House of Commons".

"He said: "[Thatcher] would have said it's quite intolerable that this whole question of the Northern Ireland border has come to dominate the decision over the future of our country.

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Sammy Wilson, the DUP's Brexit spokesperson, said it now believes a no-deal Brexit was nearly inevitable, and described the talks in Brussels as turning into a "battle for the union".

A government source told Sky News they would be "pleasantly surprised" if a deal was struck this week.

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The presence of Raab - May's new Brexit secretary - at the meeting "will be of some concern to No. 10, as will the names of erstwhile Remainers Hunt and Truss", says Politico.

But EU President Donald Tusk said in a letter to members of the European Council that while he encouraged all involved to "remain hopeful and determined... at the same time, responsible as we are, we must prepare the EU for a no-deal scenario, which is more likely than ever before".

Theresa May refuses to say when the "Brexit backstop" would come to an end. British Prime Minister Theresa May has played down criticisms of her Chequers plan, however, suggesting that it all amounts to negotiation tactics from Brussels.

In his invitation letter to European Union leaders, EU council president Donald Tusk warned that the bloc must prepare for a no-deal scenario, "which is more likely than ever before".

But while many in the European Union were nervous about the lack of any deal yet, others said progress could still be made.

The weekend was meant to be a chance to crack the thorniest issue in talks - what to do with the Irish border - so that leaders meeting for a summit on Wednesday could declare progress and signal that a final deal could be signed in mid-November.

"We are clarifying which goods arriving in Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom would need to be checked and where, when and by whom these checks could be performed", he added.

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