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Brexit talks deadlocked on money

Brexit talks deadlocked on money

The U.K. had insisted Brexit negotiations had reached a point where sufficient progress had been made to take the talks to the second stage where the future relationship arrangements between the U.K. and the European Union could be discussed.

Barnier told journalists in a joint press conference with UK Brexit minister David Davis that talks on the financial settlement had only been technical this week, and the UK has not spelled out what earlier commitments it would pay for.

However, the European Union leaders said upon the completion of the fourth round of negotiations last month, that the progress seen was not enough, but praised a speech by Prime Minister Theresa in Florence, describing it as a step forward.

"(We) also want to ensure that we get onto that business of talking about the future relationship, the future partnership we're going to have with the EU. "I think it's in the interests of Europe and the United Kingdom that they do".

However, that commitment has not yet been spelled out by United Kingdom negotiators.

Mr Barnier's comments, which appear to be as much aimed at EU27 leaders as Britain, came after his counterpart made his most open plea yet for the bloc to alter its negotiating stance.

From the EU's perspective, "there's no question of making concessions".




Mr Barnier expressed his determination to achieve "sufficient progress on the three divorce issues - citizens' rights, the Brexit bill and Ireland - in time for the December summit of the EU Council". However, several member states oppose this.

Both sides have now given up on the United Kingdom making "sufficient progress" to move to trade talks by the European Council summit in October, with Mr Barnier suggesting the milestone could be reached by December with constructive effort on both sides.

"I am still convinced that, with political will, decisive progress is within reach in the coming two months".

"We are not asking the United Kingdom to make concessions", Barnier said.

'We are continuing to work on the specific instruments and mechanisms which would give practical effect to this intention, ' he said.

Barnier described the stalemate as "very disturbing" and added that he was advising leaders that not enough progress had been made to move on to trade negotiations.

On the latter issue differences still remain over the European Court of Justice's role in guaranteeing those rights, family unifications and the exporting of United Kingdom benefits.