Theresa May to return to Downing Street as new paper on Brexit position is published

Theresa May returns at a crucial point in the Brexit negotiations

Theresa May has been on holiday in Italy

Monday, August 14, 2017

Theresa May is back at work today as ministers prepare to iron out the details on their Brexit negotiation position.

The Prime Minister’s return to Downing Street coincides with the publication of a new series of papers about the UK's withdrawal from the EU, and is believed to address the issue of the border with the Republic of Ireland.

It is also believed it will include an offer to allow Irish nationals continued freedom of movement in and out of the UK once Britain has left the union in March 2019.

This move comes following complaints made by EU officials in Brussels that the UK lacks clarity over its position.

Michel Barnier, the EU chief negotiator, is said to have warned the first two rounds of talks with David Davis had only made limited progress.

Ministers believe this paper will show the EU the UK is ready to move onto the next phase of negotiations in the autumn.