British Prime Minister Theresa May has given an assessment on the Brexit talks to her cabinet colleagues in Downing Street.

The three-hour meeting ended at around midday, and followed reports that eight of Mrs May's ministers met last night to discuss the current crisis.

One of those who was at last night's gathering, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said this morning that the whole cabinet is "digging in to get the best for the country".

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, who hosted last night's meeting, said this morning that the Prime Minister was doing a very complicated job and she was fully supporting her.

But it was the other names at the gathering which are likely to worry Downing Street.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Environment Secretary Michael Gove were all said to be in attendance.

The Prime Minister is under pressure from all sides as the Brexit talks stall ahead of tomorrow's EU summit.

Yesterday, Brussels warned Britain is "more likely than ever before" to crash out of the European Union without a deal.

Mrs May has insisted an exit agreement is still "achievable" despite negotiations stalling just days ahead of a crunch summit.

European Council President Donald Tusk said that while there was goodwill on both sides, the negotiations have been more complicated than expected and a no-deal Brexit was "more likely than ever before".

Mrs May will address the leaders of the remaining 27 EU nations tomorrow before they discuss over dinner without her how to proceed in the talks.

In a letter to EU leaders ahead of the summit, Mr Tusk said: "As things stand today, it has proven to be more complicated than some may have expected.

"We should nevertheless remain hopeful and determined, as there is good will to continue these talks on both sides.

"But at the same time, responsible as we are, we must prepare the EU for a no-deal scenario, which is more likely than ever before.

"Like the UK, the Commission has started such preparations, and will give us an update during the meeting."

He added: "But let me be absolutely clear. The fact that we are preparing for a no-deal scenario must not, under any circumstances, lead us away from making every effort to reach the best agreement possible, for all sides."

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney will meet the EU's Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier in Luxembourg today.

Their talks will focus on the mechanism which avoids a hard border on the island of Ireland post-Brexit.


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Meanwhile, a Conservative MP has described the ongoing Brexit negotiations as a "terrible mess" that no one seems to know the way out of.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Anna Soubry says the only solution would have been for the UK to stay in the single market and the customs union, which would have been good for British business and solved the Irish border problem.

The prominent 'Remainer' said that the issue of the Irish border was never properly debated during the referendum campaign.

She added that the uncomfortable truth is that "You can't actually do Brexit " and said that politicians should go back to the British people and let them vote again.