London has all but given up hope for reaching an agreement on leaving the European Union that could be finalized this month, a UK government source says.
“There’s no breakthrough at the moment,” the source told The Guardian newspaper on Monday, insisting that there remained too many sticking points to complete the talks this month as it had been originally hoped for.
Britain and the EU had expressed hope that a broad deal on Brexit could be reached this week so that Brussels could call an extraordinary summit of leaders to endorse the agreement.
However, the two sides seem to be still at odds to compromise on a mechanism that could guarantee there will be no checks after Brexit on their only land border between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland.
Negotiations were planned to continue until 2.45 a.m. on Monday, reports said, but there was no prospect of any immediate breakthrough, according to the government…