German Business Group Criticizes UK Stance in Brexit Talks

Trevor Jackson
August 31, 2017

The EU will not allow negotiations to move onto the next stage until "sufficient progress" has been made on three key issues, one of which is the amount the United Kingdom will pay when it leaves, alongside the Irish border and citizens' rights.

The belief within May's government is that it is impossible to make "sufficient progress" on preliminary issues like the divorce bill without at the same time addressing what the future UK-EU relationship will look like.

The UK team say that the negotiations timetable is not flexible, while the excessive pressure from the European Union prevents a constructive discussion.

The latest, third round of talks began Monday with Barnier and his British counterpart David Davis exchanging barbs over how the negotiations should proceed.

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker has accused the UK Government of providing "no definitive response" to the border issue post-Brexit.

Denmark's ambassador to the UK Claus Grube warned against the "no deal" rhetoric, telling the BBC: 'I think it's better that we go to the negotiating table and we talk about things.

The talks take place amid continued turmoil in Britain, with the Opposition Labour Party over the weekend backing a "soft" Brexit whereby the country remains in the EU's customs union and single market for a transition period.

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She told reporters on the plane she wants the U.K.to keep the benefits of any trade deal struck between the European Union and Japan after it leaves the bloc.

Officials on both sides have said the talks would center on technical issues and would not create any major breakthroughs.

The European Commission will assess the European city candidates to host the EMA by September but the final decision rests with EU leaders who will try to reach a consensus deal at their next summit in October.

The move comes as Britain and the European bloc begin the second of four days of talks in Brussels, which form the latest round of discussions about how the pair should unpick their relationship after the UK's vote to leave the EU last July.

"The question is to know if we must put an end to the negotiations - which is a purely theoretical question as there are no negotiations".

Starmer said: "There's a growing consensus on both sides of the Channel that it's extremely unlikely that a bespoke transitional period can be negotiated, agreed and implemented by March 2019".

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