No big progress on Brexit since March - EU's Barnier

15 May, 2018, 21:50 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
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Less than a year ahead of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, or Brexit day in March 2019, the EU's top negotiator Michel Barnier has revealed that there has been "little, or very little" progress in talks about the conditions for the United Kingdom to leave.

But Mrs May's spokesman said the "focus is on getting this right" rather than meeting a deadline.

British prime minister Theresa May has invited all Conservative backbench MPs to private Brexit briefings in Downing Street on Tuesday, as she tried to stop a row over Britain's future customs relationship with the European Union tearing the party apart. The UK decided unilaterally and autonomously to withdraw from the EU.

"We are concerned about the lack of a clear approach, a clear position from the British".

About it reports Reuters with a reference to the statement by the German Minister for European Affairs Michael Roth announced in Brussels on Monday, may 14.

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"Now we need to make significant progress, but that never happens - admitted Mouth". Both sides worry that reinstating a physical border between EU-member Ireland and Britain's province of Northern Ireland - including to manage customs - could revive violence there.

Mr Barnier said there had been "misunderstandings" in the coverage of the story, adding: "We are not kicking the United Kingdom out of Galileo". "The Irish government would like to see Britain and the European Union sharing the same customs territory". Under a second idea, for a streamlined customs arrangement, traders on an approved list would be able to cross borders freely with the aid of automated technology.

While both sides want to continue close cooperation on internal security and foreign policy after Brexit, even this area, previously seen as an easy part of the unprecedented divorce negotiations, has seen a series of recent hiccups. It would make a lot of other problems that are hard to solve right now...

"Barnier (the EU's chief Brexit negotiator) was more pessimistic than I have ever heard him be".

"I wish above anything that we get a concrete proposal".

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