Boris Johnson is coming under pressure to concede more ground to Brussels as hopes for an early breakthrough in the Brexit talks appeared to falter.
UK and EU officials will resume talks on Monday with the prospects of a Brexit deal apparently finely balanced.
The DUP has poured cold water over a reported Brexit compromise to end the deadlock over the Northern Ireland backstop.
British and EU officials will continue Brexit talks over the weekend amid rising speculation a deal is on the cards which could break the deadlock over the Irish border.
Boris Johnson and Irish premier Leo Varadkar have said they can “see a pathway” to a possible Brexit deal, breaking the deadlock on the Northern Ireland backstop.
Boris Johnson is meeting Leo Varadkar for last-ditch Brexit talks in a bid to break the deadlock as the departure deadline looms and progress with the EU falters.
The European Union has been urged to do a Brexit deal with Britain “before it’s too late” or face Boris Johnson taking the country out without a deal if he wins the next election, former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.
The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said there is still no basis for a deal on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.
Chancellor Sajid Javid is to unveil a £16.6 billion no-deal “guarantee” to make up for lost grants should the UK leave the bloc without an agreement.
Boris Johnson insisted progress is being made in Brexit talks with Brussels and the chances of an agreement have risen – but the European Union said a no-deal outcome remained a “distinct possibility”.
Boris Johnson has spoken of “signs of progress” in Brexit discussions – but the EU’s chief negotiator said he is “not optimistic” about avoiding a no-deal departure.