Theresa May is expected to give an update on Brexit negotations this afternoon, a day after high level talks between the UK and EU broke down after little more than an hour.

The prime minister is looking to reassure her minority government partners the DUP a proposed “backstop” keeping Northern Ireland in a customs union with the EU to avoid a hard border would be time-limited.

“We need to be able to look the British people in the eye and say the backstop is a temporary solution,” her spokesman said on Monday.

They added Brussels “continues to insist” on the possibility of a customs border down the Irish Sea.

Mrs May is expected to make a statement in the Commons this afterrnon, after pressure to explain why Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab was rushed to Brussels last night.

Speculation had mounted the summons could spell a final deal between the two sides, after the EU’s lead negotiator Michel Barnier said a deal was “possible” this month.

Mrs May’s spokesperon refused to give the “granular details” when on if Mr Raab had returned empty handed.

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