BREXIT: 50-50 CHANCE OF BREAKTHROUGH SAYS LEADING MEP

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There is a 50-50 chance of a deal on Monday allowing the next phase of Brexit talks to begin, the European Parliament’s negotiator has said. Guy Verhofstadt said agreement on the Irish border, the UK “divorce bill” and citizens rights’ was “possible”.

Theresa May will meet key EU figures later in an attempt to hammer out a deal ahead of summit in 10 days time. Brexit Secretary David Davis said it was an “important” moment and progress to the next phase was “vital”.

As the Brexit process enters a crunch phase, the prime minister will meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council.