No Brexit deal yet

Flags flutter outside the Houses of Parliament, ahead of a Brexit vote, in London, Britain March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Jacobs/Files

Boris Johnson is expected to meet the EU leaders during today’s EU summit in Brussels. The chances of getting a Brexit deal hanging in the balance.

British government sources quoted by the BBC  and Sky News said that so far there is no deal on Brexit as officials continue to work on the technical details in Brussels.

The UK and EU had been hoping to sign off a revised Brexit deal before Thursday’s crunch EU council meeting.

But despite indications that a deal is potentially within reach, a breakthrough has yet to materialise.

Boris Johnson has been trying to get Tory Brexiteers and the DUP to back his revised plan for Northern Ireland.

The new draft Brexit deal has a mechanism enabling Northern Ireland to approve or reject the border plans.

On Thursday the focus will shift to Brussels, with the British PM travelling to the Belgian capital for a gathering of fellow EU leaders.

Johnson will use the European Council summit to try and get a deal over the line and bring back an agreement to present to MPs.

If he is successful, the stage will be set for a possible vote on an agreement during an historic sitting of the Commons on Saturday.

If not, the PM will have to ask for a delay to Brexit under the terms of legislation passed by opposition MPs.

However, even if Johnson returns from Brussels with a deal, there is no guarantee that MPs will pass it.