'Much more time' needed for Brexit deal, says Barnier

'Much more time' needed for Brexit deal, says Barnier

He repeated his party's criticisms of the EU's Irish border backstop position.

"A further idea which has emerged - and it is only an idea at this stage - is to create an option to extend the implementation period for a matter of months and it would only be a matter of months", the email read.

"All of the 27 said that we wish to bring about a solution, one that clearly expresses the fact that Britain is no longer a member of the European Union, but also expresses what we all want politically speaking - namely that we establish a good relationship with Britain for the future", she told an end-of-summit news conference in Brussels.

The two year transition period was never going to be long enough to conclude negotiations over a free trade deal with the EU.

Does not want to see a gap between transition period and future deal.

That more positive atmosphere was echoed by other European Union officials, saying May appeared to show greater understanding for some of the EU's concerns, including Ireland's need for an insurance "backstop" to avoid a hard border with Northern Ireland - the key stumbling block so far in the talks.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said she is weighing a plan that would keep the U.K. bound to European rules for longer, in an attempt to break the deadlock in talks.

From the start of this process the European Union has made it clear that Britain can either have a close Norway-style relationship with the European Union, or a much more distant Canada-style agreement. She told reporters that "most of the issues" in the withdrawal agreement have been resolved - apart from the Irish border.

The latest impasse in the talks has prompted many Brexit supporters and even critics of Britain's departure to air their frustration over an exit which some Brexit campaigners had said would be the easiest deal ever.

"So that's 18 billion euros for a single extra 12 months, to secure an agreement that we were told previously would only require us to be in a transition period until December 2020".

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But with worst-case scenarios now seeming more likely, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports, "European leaders say they are working on contingency plans for a United Kingdom departure from the bloc without a deal on how to manage critical issues like borders, customs and air traffic control".

Asked on Thursday morning if he had enjoyed the night, Bettel told CNN that he had, adding that such post-work meetings were important and that "even though we are politicians, we are also humans".

The taoiseach said he and the British prime minister were "in broad agreement" on the idea that the backstop could not be time-limited.

The summit continues Thursday with an agenda limited to some issues both sides firmly agree on, including fighting cybercrime and dealing with an assertive Russian Federation.

Mr Lidington said how much it would cost to extend the transition period was something that would have to be "teased out" during the negotiations.

Tajani and European Council president Donald Tusk, who called on May to bring forward "creative" new proposals, held a half an hour meeting with May.

The letter signed by former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis and other pro-Brexit Conservatives warned May not to "engage in a show of resistance and a choreographed argument followed by surrender" to the EU.

"From Ireland's point of view we're willing to consider all proposals which might help us lead to a solution", Mr Varadkar said. And now, just days before the deadline, they are still bickering amongst themselves.

It will take place at the same time as a similar rally in London to demand a People's Vote on the terms of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

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