Boris Johnson has made a fresh call for the European Union to progress the Brexit talks onto the second phase.
The Foreign Secretary is in Dublin for talks with his Irish counterpart, Simon Coveney.
In the discussion, he said that if the issue of the Irish border is to be resolved, the future trade relationship with the EU had to be open for discussion.
Johnson said it was clear no-one wanted to see the return of a hard border, and to prevent this, it was necessary to move onto the next stage of the withdrawal talks.
Despite this, Coveney said greater “clarity” on how the UK would resolve the Irish border issue was required.
Theresa May is expected to be told there is no certainty talks will progress onto trade in December, despite internal preparations made by the 27 member-states.