Theresa May says Brexit deal still ‘achievable’ despite differences

Brexiteers warned of the UK being tied to EU rules, Remainers called for another referendum and the DUP demanded no separate arrangements for Northern Ireland.

Unscheduled talks with the EU on Sunday broke up over the Irish border issue with just days left before the summit which begins on Wednesday.

Mrs May has dismissed the EU’s previous suggestion of keeping Northern Ireland aligned to its trade rules as a safety net, or “backstop” to avoid a hard border, saying this would divide the UK.