Let's catch up. Today Prime Minister Theresa May
was set to have lunch with Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, who would judge if she had delivered "sufficient progress" on three Brexit items before they could move to phase 2 of negotiations next week: a divorce bill (settled), agreement on the rights of European Union citizens in the United Kingdom (mostly resolved), and agreement on the Irish border (still sticky). The morning began with high expectations: the announcement of a deal with Dublin on language relating to the Irish border. There was some leaked language about "no divergence" in regulation between Northern Ireland
and the Republic of Ireland. Then it became a promise of "continuing alignment." There was some grumbling from conservative Brexiteers and others that Theresa May
had given up too much. But by morning the expectation was that Brexit talks would move on, and the "sufficient progress" press conferences were scheduled in Dublin, and Brussels. So said the le ...