Negotiations between the U.K. and European Union over the U.K.’s decision to leave the EU continue to move slowly. An agreement on key issues was expected to be announced Monday. Instead, the two sides had to announce that they were close but some key issues still had to be agreed.
London and Brussels failed to clinch a long-sought breakthrough on Brexit after a series of dramatic twists that saw a tentative deal derailed by the delicate question of the Irish border.
“It was not possible to reach a complete agreement today,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters as glum negotiators looked on. Talks will resume this week and he’s confident there will be a agreement that paves the way for trade talks to begin.
As well as the Irish border, the taboo issue of what role the European Court of Justice will have in the U.K. after Brexit was also a stumbling block, according to a person familiar with the matter.