Brexit Silence Can’t Hide Hints That a Deal Is Getting Closer
A cloak of secrecy surrounds the negotiations on the U.K.’s exit from the European Union.
Neither side has reported in any detail what’s going on behind closed doors in Brussels since Prime Minister Theresa May updated Parliament on Oct. 22. But the lack of public comment doesn’t mean nothing’s happening.
British and European negotiators are locked away trying to break the deadlock and with just five months left before the U.K. is due to leave, there are signs that a deal is being done away from the public gaze.
In private, officials on both sides say the next time major Brexit news breaks is likely to be when they have agreed to the terms of the divorce. And that could be sooner than many observers think.
In London, Prime Minister Theresa May’s officials believe intensive negotiations will deliver the decisive step needed for an agreement within the next few weeks, according to two people familiar with the matter.