EU leaders to get an update on EU / UK trade talks as deadline to reach a deal looms

EU leaders will get an update on EU UK trade talks at a summit in Brussels which is getting underway.

Today is the deadline set by the British Prime Minister to reach a deal with the trading bloc.

However some European leaders believe agreement can still be reached with Britain on a future trading relationship.

Speaking as he arrived for the discussions, Taoiseach Michael Martin acknowledged there were still key stumbling blocks that need to be addressed: