Downing Street plays down idea of Brexit agreement being reached next week

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Time is running out for a Brexit agreement to be reached

The flow of Brexit-centric headlines continues through the week, and the UK Times is out with notes on UK Prime Minister Theresa, who looks set to chain down her own Conservative party within the UK's parliament in an effort to push through a Brexit compromise.

Barnier has amended the EU's "backstop" plan to try to minimise checks on goods coming into Nothern Ireland and make sure they take place away from the border.

And last week, sources claimed the bloc wants to help Mrs May get a Brexit deal through parliament if she abandons her "red lines" and makes more concessions and avoids a "no deal" Brexit or Canada-style free trade deal favoured by Brexiteers.

In a statement to the Commons updating MPs following a summit of EU leaders in Salzburg last month, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab denied the United Kingdom would stay in the customs union indefinitely, and said the government would "press our case" for an outcome that will "preserve the integrity of the UK".

If 40 Tories rebelled against the PM it could mean her Brexit deal would fail to get Parliamentary approval and she would need Labour votes to get it through.

- National Audit Office chief Sir Amyas Morse said it was "not impossible" that flights would be grounded if there was an "unfriendly" break-up with Brussels.

Foster has said that is part of her "blood red lines" over Brexit.

An announcement on what a possible deal could look like on the Irish border issue could be made as soon as Monday. She has not resisted the unreasonable calls for Northern Ireland to be treated differently in terms of regulation, in terms of participation and future trade agreements.

Selmayr meanwhile "provided a brief update on the state of play of the Commission preparedness work and recalled the importance for all stakeholders to prepare for all outcomes and at all levels". Presentation of the annual report of the Independent European Fiscal Board. "There is a strong shared self-interest in finding a way of maintaining co-operation on security, if that proves to be possible".

"But as far as security is concerned, it is very important in order to ensure the security of our citizens and safety for our countries to keep working together in the future".

Brexit negotiators from both sides have been locked in intense discussions this week, trying to overcome differences on the biggest outstanding hurdle to a deal - how to keep the Ireland-UK border open after Britain leaves the European Union in March.

Reports had suggested Mr Barnier would present a paper setting out new European Union proposals at Wednesday's meeting, but it is thought this has been delayed until closer to the summit date.

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