An agreement for the UK's exit from the European Union could only be reached by a European council in November or December, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said today.
"We are in a delicate moment. I know some people are optimistic about an agreement on exit this week. I have to say that I always thought it was unlikely and November or December were the best opportunities for a deal, "he told reporters in Dublin.
Mr Varadkar commented that negotiations between the United Kingdom and the EU had come to a new impasse this weekend, two days before a European Council in Brussels on Wednesday, due to the border issue between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland.
"We are always open to a compromise, while the European Union is clear that we are, but there are principles in which a compromise is not possible," he said, referring to the need for a guarantee that "no physical frontier is created on the island of Ireland", any which is the scenario of Brexit.
Mr Varadkar is scheduled to meet today with DUP leader Arlene Foster who in recent days has opposed the EU proposal to keep Northern Ireland in the single European market until a trade agreement is reached between the United Kingdom and Brussels.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is to report to the House of Commons on the progress of the talks.
"The prime minister will inform the House of Commons at the end of the day," the spokesman said at a press conference, adding that the British government wants and trusts "the possibility of reaching an agreement this fall."