The U.K. Cabinet will discuss Brexit on Tuesday, but Prime Minister Theresa May probably won’t ask ministers to approve the terms of a deal, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The premier is likely to update ministers on the past two weeks’ of technical negotiations that have been taking place at a less senior level, the person said. The U.K. and European Union pushed back against weekend newspaper reports a divorce deal is in the bag.
But both sides also held open the possibility that a special summit could be called in November to get an agreement signed, and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said it was willing to consider the latest U.K. proposal.
May’s team hopes to sign a deal with the EU later this month, but the bloc won’t call the meeting until it’s sure it won’t be another futile summit. An agreement in principle would be needed by the end of this week to get a summit organized for the weekend of Nov. 17-18, the dates that had been penciled in, said the person, who is familiar with the U.K. position.