The European Commission has announced a breakthrough has been made in the current phase of the Brexit talks.
For months, the talks have been held up over the issues of citizens rights, the financial settlement and the Irish Border.
However an early-hours journey by Theresa May and David Davis to meet the Commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, appears to have paid off.
Juncker said “sufficient progress” has been made to move onto talk of trade but the decision was ultimately to come from the EU's 27 member-states at the summit next week. However a green light appears more likely after the Commission President’s endorsement.
A statement from May said the “hard-won agreement” would guarantee EU citizens’ rights, provide a fair settlement to the British taxpayers, and ensure there would be no “hard border” between the Republic of Ireland and the North.
The announcement was welcomed by business leaders. The Democratic Unionist Party – which torpedoed the initial solution to the Irish border situation – praised the news but warned there was still more work to be done.