With less than a week to go before the deadline set by Donald Tusk, the European council president, for Britain to come up with an acceptable offer on the financial settlement and a credible solution for the Irish border if it wants to move on to the second stage of Brexit talks by mid-December, things are starting to get a little bit squeaky …

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For reasons we’ve discussed before on this podcast, namely the EU27’s need to circulate and agree the main conclusions of their forthcoming summit before it happens on 14 and 15 December, the deadline Tusk set Theresa May expires on 4 December – which, handily, is when the prime minister is scheduled to have dinner with the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. So if progress there is to be, that’s when we might well expect to see it.

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