'Getting closer' to Brexit divorce deal: EU's Tusk

2017-12-05 08:21
British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Commission in Brussels. (John Thys, AFP)

British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Commission in Brussels. (John Thys, AFP)

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Brussels - EU President Donald Tusk said on Monday that a deal to unblock stalled divorce talks between the European Union and Britain was closer than ever after a breakthrough on the thorny topic of Ireland.

"Tell me why I like Mondays!," Tusk, a former Polish president, said on his Twitter account, in an apparent reference to the 1979 hit "I don't like Mondays", sung by the Boomtown Rats, fronted by Bob Geldof.

"Encouraged after my phone call with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on progress on Brexit issue of Ireland. Getting closer to sufficient progress at December (EU summit)," Tusk said.

Varadkar later retweeted Tusk's message on his own Twitter account. 

The EU had set Monday as the last deadline for Britain to make sufficient progress on three key Brexit divorce issues - Northern Ireland; its exit bill and the rights of EU citizens living in Britain - in order to move on to trade talks at a summit on December 14.

Tusk sent his tweet just hours before sitting down for talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May, which follows a lunch between May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

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