Brexit: EU frustration growing amid reported failure to break negotiation deadlock

Brexit: EU frustration growing amid reported failure to break negotiation deadlock

The latest round of negotiations has reportedly made very little progress

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The latest round of Brexit negotiations is ending with growing frustration of the reported failure to break the ongoing deadlock.

Michel Barnier, the EU chief negotiator, and Brexit Secretary David Davis are due to hold the customary press conference at the end of each session, with little sign of major progress.

Donald Tusk, the European Council president, said on Tuesday talks had not advanced to talks of trade because the issues of the Irish border, a financial settlement, and EU citizen rights had not been satisfactorily resolved.

While Theresa May is reportedly still optimistic about the prospect of a trade deal with the European Union, she has admitted a series of contingency plans are being drafted to plan for a no-deal scenario.

In her headline address in Florence, the Prime Minister insisted the UK would honour its current obligations with additional money to be paid into the EU budget during a proposed transition period.

Barnier is due to brief the other 27 member-states of the current status of the talks amid an element of reported frustration with the unwillingness of David Davis to put a figure on the so-called “divorce bill.”

Meanwhile, leaders in business have called for more progress to be made, saying they need greater clarity as they make investments.

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