The EU Commission insisted briefings by a senior official that Jean-Claude Juncker is prepared to extend the fraught negotiating process into next week are “not correct”.
Addressing journalists at the bloc’s Berlaymont home a spokesman insisted that progress must be made “this week, in this building” or there will not be enough time to seal a deal.
On Monday the PM jetted out to Brussels fully expecting to sign off on a draft agreement with the 27 EU leaders, only for it to be torpedoed by her DUP colleagues at the last minute.
Yesterday a senior EU official told reporters that Mr Juncker is prepared to drop any of his plans, including those for early next week, in order to meet Mrs May and seal a deal.
But today the Commission’s top spokesman contradicted that report, telling a briefing in Brussels: “We here in the Commission are still in discussions with London and all the EU27, notably with Dublin. So far no white smoke.
“We stand ready to receive Prime Minister May at any moment in time when they are ready. This will have to happen this week, in this building. We work for a full week, 24/7 and our week includes Sunday.
“The stories that were in this morning on the alleged prolongation of the deadline into next week are not correct.”
More to follow.