Tusk compares backstop to the Gordian Knot unravelled by Alexander the Great

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Analysis: May insists a deal is achievable; Barnier says negotiations need more time

  • Denis Staunton
  • The Irish Times

As Theresa May prepares to address EU leaders before dinner at Wednesday’s summit in Brussels, both sides are determined that there should be no repeat of the rancorous displays at Salzburg last month.

Ston 2bMichel Barnier said on Tuesday that the Brexit negotiations needed more time while May told her cabinet that negotiators had made significant progress and that a deal was achievable.

Still unresolved, however, is the issue of the Northern Ireland backstop, which…

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