European Council president Donald Tusk at a media conference

Meanwhile, Gerard Batten, leader of the pro-leave United Kingdom Independence Party hit out at the latest developments, saying: "Mrs May's Brexit betrayal slowly slithers into view".

"When you go back again and say "hang on it might not even be December 2020", why should we believe anything the Government says if they carry on like that?" But May's team is "considering the move", because it would be a "simple way to buy more time to agree a UK/EU trade deal, which is meant to remove the need for the Irish border backstop guarantee".

This week's Brussels summit had been set as the deadline for a draft deal, but European Union leaders have instead been left to contemplate the potentially catastrophic scenario of Britain crashing out in March without any agreement.

Brussels diplomats pointed out that this meeting had been billed as a decisive meeting where a draft deal might be tabled and tentatively approved.

Seeking to unblock the stalled divorce talks May said the initial 21-month transition could be extended by "a matter of months". It is understood that the meeting was "cordial and positive".

Tusk advised May that "creative" thinking from Britain was required to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, the issue that has brought Brexit negotiations to a standstill.


However, May's idea for an extension to the transition period was lambasted by Gabi Zimmer, GUE/NGL leader and member of the Parliament's Brexit Steering Group.

Because her chief whip Julian Smith presumably has advised her that if she were to adopt the additional year of what the Brexiters see as pure vassalage - without simultaneously scrapping the backstop and Chequers - there would be (in the words of one) "the mother of all explosions".

European Union leaders on Wednesday noted that "despite intensive negotiations, not enough progress has been achieved" for an extraordinary summit on November 17-18. And he added "this prolongation of the transition period probably will happen".

May "urged businesses not to lose sight of the prize - that of a smooth trading relationship with the European Union alongside the ability to seek new opportunities and open up new markets with trading partners around the world", her office said.

The admission will anger Brexiteers in the Conservative Party and pose a particular challenge to Scottish Conservative MPs, who have argued strongly for a swift exit from the Common Fisheries Policy. Under the current proposal, the United Kingdom would effectively be a non-member: it would remain part of the single market and customs union, but would no longer be represented in EU institutions.

That could trigger a leadership contest, a so-called no deal Brexit and even a new election. Mr Varadkar told reporters that a regular summit had been fixed for December and clear progress would be required to show the value of a special one next month.


"My view is that we should really only have one if there is a objective to having one. That is not where we are and they took note of that and it is for Barnier to take the talks forward".

Other delegations expressed a certain mannerly frustration with the UK's failure to advance the action.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Hunt said: "The reason why this week has been hard is because Theresa May has not buckled".

The UK is set to leave the European Union in March, and the current plan is for a transition period to finish at the end of 2020.

Many EU leaders "see the delays as a negotiating tactic by London to try to force concessions", Nelson reported.

"As long as we don't have a solution we won't be able to explain exactly how it can succeed", she said Thursday.


"We noted in particular the need to closely watch the situation in the Western Mediterranean, and in this context, to strengthen our cooperation with Morocco, as recommended by [Spanish] Prime Minister [Pedro] Sanchez", Tusk added.

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