Michel Barnier says Brexit talks have reached a 'state of deadlock'

Michel Barnier says Brexit talks have reached a 'state of deadlock'

Michel Barnier says talks are deadlocked

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator has said it is presently impossible to progress to the second stage of talks because there has not been enough progress so far.

Michel Barnier said there remain issues surrounding the UK's 'divorce bill' during a speech this afternoon (October 12).

"On this question [of the UK's financial obligations] we have reached a state of deadlock which is very disturbing for thousands of project promoters in Europe and it's disturbing also for taxpayers," he said.

Barnier claims discussions on the UK's financial obligations haven't begun in earnest because Britain simply hasn't outlined what it is ready to pay.​

The negotiator said: "I am not able, in the current circumstances, to propose next week to the European Council that we should start discussions on the future relationship."

He added that he hopes "decisive progress" will be made by December, which is when the summit of the European Council takes place.

However Barnier did admit that the Brexit talks have received a "new momentum," according to the BBC.

Despite this David Davis, the UK Brexit secretary, has said he is still hopeful that negotiations on trade will begin next week

He has also called on EU leaders to give Barnier a mandate so that the trade negotiations can start, claiming we should "build on the spirit of cooperation we now have."