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    EU, UK leaders fail to get Brexit deal, remain optimistic

    BRUSSELS — The European Union and Britain ended a flurry of diplomacy on Monday without a deal on the terms of their divorce, as agreement on how to maintain an open Irish border after Brexit slipped out of the negotiators’ grasp.

    But the two sides said they were within striking distance of consensus, setting up a negotiating rush ahead of next week’s EU summit, which must decide whether to broaden the talks to the topic of future relations.

    The leaders fell short of reaching what the EU considers ‘‘sufficient progress’’ on the divorce issues: Britain’s exit bill, and rights of citizens affected by Brexit, and the status of the currently invisible Irish border, the main sticking point


    EU leaders want a deal on divorce terms in time for them to agree at a summit on Dec. 14-15 whether to move the negotiations to the next stage of talks, including trade.