Reuters has quoted a senior Irish official as saying the negotiations between Westminster, Dublin and Stormont are “moving quickly” and could be concluded in a matter of “hours”.

Speaking at a British Irish Chamber of Commerce event in Brussels, the official said: “It is moving quite quickly at the moment. Negotiations are continuing.

“I think we are going to work over the next couple of hours with the UK government to close this off.

“I say hours because I think we are very close.”

Brussels has given the PM a deadline of midnight Sunday to find a solution to key Brexit divorce issues.

If a draft agreement can be reached, EU bosses could give the green light for the UK to begin discussing trade with the bloc in the New Year.

But before this can happen, negotiators will need to find a workable solution for the Northern Irish border.

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Daily Express

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