EU Negotiator Laments 'Little Progress' on Brexit, May Struggles With Trade Plan

15 May, 2018, 21:47 | Author: Sherry Houston
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But the European Union has said London must come up with a solution for the Irish border conundrum and highlights that has not happened.

"I don't think that works. The clock is ticking", said Roth at the meeting with his fellow diplomats in Brussels.

Barnier said the "two key points where there is a risk of failure" is the Irish issue, and the governance of any future Brexit deal, which Britain says must be out of the hands of the EU's top court. "What we are concerned is in particular the question of Northern Ireland, where we expect a significant compromise from the British side".

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.

Ms May admitted there were flaws in both the customs models being considered by the government, a view reinforced by Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, at a foreign affairs meeting in Brussels.

Diplomats and officials in Brussels note little progress in Brexit negotiations since the European Union leaders last met, raising doubt about whether the bloc and London would be able to mark another milestone at the next top-level summit on June 28-29.

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Barnier later said that there had been "a little, not very little progress" but warned that more was urgently needed. "What I hope to see is that there will not be a hard border because then you would not honour the Good Friday Agreement", she said.

May's spokesman said London was working on two options for post-Brexit customs cooperation.

The European Union urged the United Kingdom to accelerate the Brexit - the exit from the EU if London is going to have time to complete the main part of this process this autumn.

The deal could include regular British-EU foreign policy talks, cooperation on military and aid missions, cooperation on defence projects and intelligence sharing, Barnier said.

And he defended the EU's stance over the UK's involvement in the new Galileo sat-nav system.

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