Theresa May edges closer to deal with DUP over post-Brexit Irish border

PM under pressure to secure agreement in time for European council, as Donald Tusk prepares statement for early Friday

Theresa May edged closer to a deal with the Democratic Unionist party over the Irish border, as the EU warned she only had until midnight on Sunday to salvage the agreement or face a long delay in starting Brexit trade talks.

The prime minister was ready to jump on a plane to Brussels for discussions as soon as new wording had been approved by the DUP, amid growing anxiety about securing a deal in time for next week’s European council.

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