Prime Minister Joseph Muscat met his UK counterpart Theresa May at London on Monday, in a meeting focused on the latest Brexit developments. 

In a brief statement, the government said the meeting at 10 Downing Street touched on Brexit and ways to strengthen relations between the two countries. 

"We want the future to be a sensible future in accordance with EU rules, in solidarity with the European family, but also when it comes to our shared history. We want to make sure the outcome is a sensible one," Dr Muscat said at the start of the meeting.

The meeting came ahead of an EU leaders' summit in Salzburg next week, where leaders will hear a presentation from the UK Prime Minister before discussing Brexit among themselves the following day. 

It also came on a day in which Ms May warned of the possibility of a “no deal” Brexit if her proposed deal was torpedoed by rebels in her own party.

“I think that the alternative to that will be not having a deal,” the UK PM told BBC TV, adding she was confident of getting a good agreement she thought parliament would ultimately approve.

Recent signals from Brussels have buoyed hopes that the United Kingdom and the EU can agree and approve a proper divorce arrangement before it leaves, though the sides are still divided on about one fifth of the detail of a deal.

But many business chiefs and investors fear politics could scupper an agreement, thrusting both the EU and the United Kingdom into a "no-deal" Brexit that they say would weaken the West, panic financial markets and block the arteries of trade.

The EU’s chief negotiatior Michel Barnier said on Monday a deal was still possible if the integrity of the single market was preserved.

In a tweet, after meeting the Spanish prime minister in Madrid, Barnier said Spain had the EU's full support in negotiating with Britain on the status of Gibraltar after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.

"A deal with the UK is possible if integrity of Single Market is preserved. Full support for Spain in its negotiations w/ UK on Gibraltar, which need to conclude asap," Barnier said on Twitter.

Ms May, in a video published on Facebook later in the day, said the EU should respond to Britain’s proposals with new ideas and not “fall back onto previous positions which have already been proven unworkable”.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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