Brexit: Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker agree to 'accelerate' talks

Brexit: Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker agree to 'accelerate' talks

The Prime Minister flew to Brussels in an attempt to break the deadlock in the talks

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker have reportedly agreed to accelerate the progress of talks regarding Britain's exit from the European Union.

The Prime Minister flew to Brussels on Monday to meet the European Commission President as well as the EU's negotiator-in-chief, Michel Barnier, to discuss the ongoing negotiations.

The talks are deadlocked at the moment, with the EU unwilling to discuss trade until the issues of the Irish border, citizens’ rights, and the financial settlement are satisfactorily concluded.

The three officials had a working dinner, and following this, a joint statement from Juncker and May has been released to say the meeting was “constructive and friendly.”

Despite this, there is no indication that the Commission or Barnier has changed its view that the discussion has made insufficient progress so far, and thus can not move forward to the next phase.

British officials are now reported to be looking ahead to the EU summit in December as the chance to move onto the next stage - the negotiations about a future trading relationship.

Despite this, EU figures have warned Britain has to be much clearer on how much it is willing to pay in regard to the financial settlement.