>> Reports a deal has been reached on Brexit. A Daily Telegraph newspaper says its learned British and EU negotiations have confirmed terms over so called Brexit Bill. If true, it would open the door to a potential breakthrough in talks this December. Citing unidentified sources, the paper reports the final figure is being deliberately left open to interpretation, but will be between 45 to 55 billion euros.
The EU is believed to be demanding a 60 billion euro, or $71 billion financial settlement. The newspaper claims the terms were agreed at a meeting Brussels late last week. However, a British government official has cast doubt on the report, saying, they quote, do not recognize the account of the negotiations.
The European Commission declined to comment. How much Britain should pay to leave the EU has been one of the major sticking points of an agreement. And British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has been under pressure to improve her divorce offer, or face failure in persuading EU leaders to open trade talks at the December summit.
Without a deal at next month's meeting, time will be very tight to agree arrangements before Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.