Theresa May arrived in Brussels for a European summit, insisting that the deadlock could be broken — even as Germany and France ramped up preparations for a chaotic British 'no-deal' departure from the EU
What we've seen is that we've solved most of the issues in the withdrawal agreement. There is still the question of the Northern Irish backstop. But I believe everybody around the table wants to get a deal. And by working intensively and closely, we can achieve that deal. I believe a deal is achievable, and now is the time to make it happen.
We need much time - much more time. And we continue the work in the next weeks, calmly and patiently.
It's changing. It's under discussions, and that's a problem. If you have, on another side of the table a negotiator who has no strong mandate, it's very difficult to negotiate.