New round of Brexit talks makes no breakthrough: Barnier
The sixth round of Brexit talks has not made significant progress on key matters such as a financial settlement and the Irish border, said the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier Friday.
The newest round of Brexit talks was conducted from Thursday to Friday in Brussels. Barnier said in a press conference after the talks that while some processes were made, there remain issues that require further negotiation.
The two sides came in the meeting with further discussion over subjects on financial settlement and the Irish border, but did not reach major agreements. Some progress was made in terms of citizens’ rights, yet differences still remain in the area.
Barnier said there remain lots of work for both sides in the next two weeks to ensure sufficient progress can be achieved at the EU Winter Summit in December, and urged the UK to give clear answer on the Brexit financial settlement.
Brexit secretary David Davis, who denied EU’s proposal for Northern Ireland to remain within the European customs union and single market, said it’s time for both sides to seek solutions, while expressing hope of starting negotiation regarding future relations between UK and the EU at the press conference.
The EU member states will determine whether the Brexit talks have achieved sufficient progress to proceed the trade talks at the December summit according to schedule.