EU's Tusk to make Brexit statement today Dec 08, 2017 0 41 12345 REUTERSBRUSSELSEuropean Council President Donald Tusk will make a statement on Brexit early today, his office said on Thursday, prompting speculation on the fate of British Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for a deal with Brussels.She was in Brussels about to agree outline divorce terms on Britain's withdrawal on Monday, Dec. 4, when she was interrupted by objections from her Northern Irish allies to a planned wording on the Irish border. Talks have been continuing since then to try to resolve the dispute so that EU leaders will agree at a summit next Friday, Dec. 15, to open talks on future trade.No details were available of Tusk's plans for the morning, when he will brief reporters at 7:50 a.m. (0650 GMT). An EU official noted, however, that he would be departing for a scheduled visit to Hungary at 8:15 a.m.Earlier, a spokesman for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said May had an effective deadline of Sunday night if she wants to return to Brussels to seal a deal and hope to have agreement on trade talks next Friday.Tusk's role in the delicate choreography of reaching an accord had been to wait until May strikes a deal on making"sufficient progress" on divorce terms with Juncker's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Tusk would then confirm that he is asking the other 27 EU national leaders to consider draft guidelines on trade negotiations for approval at the summit he will chair.However, Tusk has also warned that time is running out for him to secure the agreement of the other leaders to opening the trade talks on such a tight schedule after May and Barnier reach agreement. Failure, officials say, would push any deal back into the new year, unnerving already worried investors in Britain.Tusk said in October that if London failed to settle divorce terms by the end of this year, the EU would have to reconsider its approach to negotiations intended to limit disruption when Britain leaves the European Union in March 2019.Senior officials have said this week that a more immediate consequence of failing to strike a deal this month could be new pressure on May at home to step down -- which in itself could greatly disrupt the negotiating process. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES EU sues Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic over quotas Dec 08, 2017 0 381 Schulz urges SPD to approve Merkel govt talks, vows to push key demands Dec 08, 2017 0 46 France to pay 'national homage' to rocker Johnny Hallyday Dec 08, 2017 0 41 UK needs to regain borders, cash control from EU: Johnson REUTERS LONDON The United Kingdom as a whole needs to take back control of its borders, laws and cash when it leaves the European Union, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday. His remarks follow the insistence .. Swiss border guard convicted over Syrian refugee's miscarriage AFP Geneva A Swiss military court on Thursday convicted a border guard for refusing medical assistance to a heavily pregnant Syrian refugee who miscarried while being sent back to Italy. The guard was found guilty of .. Italian police arrest man for poisoning family AFP Rome Italian police said Thursday they arrested a man who used thallium, used in rat poison, to murder two grandparents and an aunt because he claimed they were"unclean". Maria Luisa Zanetti, the prosecutor from the .. Post-Brexit UK 'won't fall apart': EU's Dijsselbloem Brussels Britain's City of London financial hub centre"will not fall apart" after Brexit even if it loses the right to allow banks to trade freely across the bloc, Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on .. Poland ready to defend migration stance WARSAW Poland is ready to defend its decision in the European Union's top court to refuse to accept migrants from Africa and the Middle East under an EU plan to redistribute them, Deputy Foreign Minister Konrad .. Swiss border guard convicted for Syrian refugee's miscarriage Geneva A Swiss military court convicted a border guard for refusing medical assistance to a heavily pregnant Syrian refugee who miscarried while being sent back to Italy. The guard was found guilty of causing bodily harm ..