Juncker says 'Brexit position papers are not 'satisfactory'

Brexit Secretary David Davis arrived in Brussels today prepared to deliver a hard-hitting message about what Britain sees as needless delays
Brexit Secretary David Davis arrived in Brussels today prepared to deliver a hard-hitting message about what Britain sees as needless delays
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31 August, 2017

Britain wants to begin discussions on London's post-Brexit relationship with the bloc instead.

Brexit secretary David Davis and Mr Barnier met on Monday for the latest round of talks.

"We need United Kingdom papers that are clear in order to have constructive negotiations and the sooner we remove the ambiguity, the sooner we will be in a position to discuss the future relationship and the transitional period", Juncker said on the second day of the third round of Brexit talks.

The talks in Brussels are effectively deadlocked as Britain calls for parallel talks on the divorce deal and future relationship but the European Union says they must be taken one at a time.

The UK's Bill remains the biggest stumbling block to an agreement, with Mr Davis determined not to tell the European Union where it accepts it has obligations.

The U.K.is set to leave the EU in March 2019 after the majority of the British voted in favor of the country leaving the union via a referendum a year ago.

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"If it goes slowly, as is the case at the moment, it will be very hard to say there is sufficient progress in October", Verhofstadt said.

"Our desire is to discuss both at the same time: we've repeatedly said that, and that's what we're working towards", said a spokeswoman for the prime minister.

This round of talks will wrap up on Thursday with a joint Barnier-Davis press conference, but official on boths sides have cautioned against expecting very more than limited progress on specific technical issues. On the political side, the UK's close ally across the Atlantic might hamper the EU's hopes for getting a hefty Brexit payment; the Trump administration has repeatedly expressed its willingness to strike a trade deal with the UK. "If the papers question the agreed sequencing, then what we're actually seeing is a rolling back of progress achieved".

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday (Aug 29) said Turkey was fully to blame for the breakdown of its EU accession talks and warned Ankara was fast withdrawing from Europe, Channel News Asia reports in its article EU's Juncker says Turkey leaving Europe by "giant steps".

72% say it would unacceptable to pay £30 billion to leave.

It has been reported that Mrs May is looking to bypass Brussels and go straight to European Union leaders Macron and Merkel to encourage them to get talks on a post-Brexit trade deal started.


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