Brexit: Theresa May says she wants to move on from Jean-Claude Juncker criticism

Brexit negotiations to continue after UK position is criticised by EU officials

Key among the officials was Jean-Claude Juncker, who lambasted papers outlining the UK position on key issues

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A spokesman for Theresa May has said the Prime Minister wants to put the criticism from Jean-Claude Juncker behind her and continue with the Brexit talks.

In a statement today (Tuesday August 30) Downing Street defended the latest tranche of Brexit papers prepared by Britain's negotiators, which have been heavily criticised by Juncker.

The spokesman also said it is now time to move on to the next port of discussion.

Talks between the British and EU delegations are continuing in Brussels, even though Juncker said it was "crystal clear" there remained an enormous amount of issues, which were not clarified by papers outlining the UK’s Brexit position.

Juncker has also insisted talks on a future trade relationship would not take place while these issues remain unresolved - directly contraventing the wishes of the UK, which wants trade to be on the table at the same time as other issues

Downing Street has also revealed that more papers on the country’s position and future goals would be published next week.

It will be decided in October if enough progress has been made from the current negotiations to press on towards the next stage.