A Brexit deal is “unlikely this week” and trade talks are “likely to move into next week”, according to Ireland’s foreign minister.
Simon Coveney said he was hopeful he would be “proven wrong” but played down the prospects of a breakthrough in the next few days.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is in London this week to continue negotiations on a future UK-EU relationship with his UK counterpart Lord Frost.
On Monday, Mr Barnier warned there were still three areas in which the two sides were yet to reach an agreement: Issues of governance; the maintenance of shared standards; and fishing.
The Brexit transition period will end on 31 December.