The United Kingdom and European Union appear to have moved closer to an agreement over the border with the Republic of Ireland.
The Irish border was one of the main issues to be sorted in the first issue of the talks, alongside the financial settlement and citizen rights.
Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, made a statement on Twitter, saying he had been encouraged by a phone call with Leo Varadkar, the Irish Taoiseach.
Tusk also said the two sides were getting close to making “sufficient process” ahead of a key summit later in December.
The Twitter post comes in the wake of Theresa May’s lunch with the European Council president in Brussels on Monday.
The Prime Minister is also to meet with Jean-Claude Juncker in what appears to be a critical meeting, although Downing Street have played down its significance.