EU and Turkey confident of breakthrough on refugee crisis

Update 12.48am, London

A tentative agreement between the EU and Turkey could change the continent’s approach to refugees and migrants coming across the Aegean Sea to Greece from Turkey. Initially after a day of discussion, there had been a stalemate on a possible deal at the emergency summit in Brussels.

Leaders now say they aim to have a framework deal in place before they next meet in ten days. This would involve the return of all migrants to Turkey, while the EU would provide more funding for Ankara and examine the resettlement of genuine asylum-seekers.

European Council President Donald Tusk said “the days of irregular migration to Europe are over”.

Earlier: EU-Turkey stalemate over refugee crisis

At an emergency summit in Brussels on Monday, EU leaders failed to agree a deal with the Turkish government aimed at alleviating the worsening refugee crisis across the continent.

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