Brussels has dominated out putting a “deal within the desert” when Theresa Could heads to a summit of European and Arab leaders this weekend.
A senior EU official confirmed its Council President Donald Tusk will meet the prime minister on the fringes of an occasion within the luxurious Egyptian resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh.
Mrs Could hoped to safe a breakthrough on the Brexit deadlock throughout the 5,000-mile spherical journey this Sunday.
However the EU official dominated out any “deal within the desert”, as a result of it’s an EU-League of Arab States summit, not all of the EU member states shall be there, and it doesn’t need to.
“This can be a very critical concern and it must be ready very critically,” they stated.
“It’s extremely clear that there will be no EU session on Brexit in Sharm el Sheikh.”
Mrs Could’s sit-down with Mr Tusk is her solely confirmed bilateral on the journey to date.
She is going to head again to the UK days earlier than one other crunch week for Brexit in parliament.
MPs have been promised one other vote on her EU divorce deal or an opportunity to suggest and vote on their very own strategies for the course of Brexit by the top of the month.
Downing Avenue has not confirmed which can happen subsequent week, with a Quantity 10 spokesperson solely telling journalists on Friday: “We’re working very exhausting to carry [a deal] again as quickly as attainable.”
Mrs Could has spoken to 27 EU leaders, and is pencilling in talks with the ultimate one – Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Sarec.
Her spokesperson stated she was “setting out the state of affairs within the UK parliament and what wants to vary in relation to the backstop”.
MPs voted final month to cross a movement that stated they authorized of the Brexit deal in precept however on the situation the Irish border backstop get replaced with “various preparations”.
The backstop is the insurance coverage coverage to stop a tough border reforming on the island of Eire, if a commerce deal can’t be struck in time to keep away from this.
A few of the “various preparations” proposed embrace setting a time-limit on how lengthy the UK can keep in it, or giving it a unilateral proper to tug out.
However each the EU and Eire have dominated out any adjustments to the present phrases.
Brussels is contemplating including a codicil – a authorized appendage – in a bid to get spherical the issue.
The UK is because of go away the EU on 29 March with or with out a deal.
A Labour backbench bid led by Yvette Cooper may give the prime minister one other hurdle to surpass by 13 March.
If this date is handed and the UK was on the right track for a no-deal divorce, MPs would get a vote both on endorsing that fashion of exit or instruct the prime minister to delay Brexit.