EU official sees room for Brexit breakthrough next week
Member of the European Commission in charge of budget and human resources Guenther Oettinger speaks during a joint press conference with Hungarian Minister Heading the Prime Minister's Office Janos Lazar at the end of the informal meeting of ministers of the Visegrad Group countries plus Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia responsible for cohesion in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, October 12, 2018 7:26AM EDT
BRUSSELS -- European Union Commissioner Guenther Oettinger says he sees room for a major breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations next week when leaders from the 27 EU nations meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Oettinger confirmed reports that progress was being made on the divisive issue of the border on the island of Ireland and said Friday that "It does appear possible there will be a breakthrough."
He insisted that "certainly the way to do this is being prepared this week and most likely will be presented next week."
EU leaders have a two-day summit starting Wednesday.
There were reports overnight in London that a deal on the border, the last missing piece of a withdrawal agreement, was close.