Theresa May to meet Michael Barnier and Jean-Claude Juncker in push to end Brexit deadlock

Theresa May to meet Michael Barnier and Jean-Claude Juncker in push to end Brexit deadlock

The latest round of negotiations finished without many 'great steps forward'

Monday, October 16, 2017

Theresa May is to go to Brussels in an attempt to break the deadlock in Brexit negotiations.

The Prime Minister is to meet Michel Barnier, the EU’s negotiator-in-chief, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the wake of their comments about the talks being deadlocked.

Sources at Number 10 say the meeting has been planned for months, but it comes as little surprise to Westminster after the latest round of talks ended.

In a dinner with the two officials, Theresa May is hoping to end the current stalemate over the rights of citizens, the Irish border, and the financial settlement.

Barnier said he could not recommend talks progress to the issue of trade because there hadn’t been many “great steps forward” last week.

Meanwhile, Juncker blamed Britain for failing to resolve the financial settlement.

The Government is to push for EU leaders to allow Barnier an expanded mandate in order to make progress.