Brexit negotiations not ready for next stage yet -EU's Tusk

Elias Hubbard
September 27, 2017

Mr Tusk said that not enough progress had yet been made in the Brexit divorce talks to move on to trade negotiations.

May said later she and Tusk had agreed things have moved on in the process.

Tusk added the UK's evolving stance recognised "the philosophy of "having a cake and eating it" is finally coming to an end, or at least I hope so".

Mr Tusk made the comments after Downing Street talks with Prime Minister Theresa May on Britain's European Union withdrawal.

Meanwhile, Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator, said on Monday that to discuss the United Kingdom entering a transition period was "currently not part of my mandate", but reasserted the EU's position that all the rules of the single market must be followed during any transition.

"If you ask me today".

In her speech, May said she wanted a transitional phase after the United Kingdom formally leaves the European Union in March 2019 - but she disappointed some on the European Union side by not providing more clarity on the UK's position on its financial commitments towards the European Union, and what kind of relationship Britain wanted in future.

European Council President Donald Tusk meets British Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

"There is no sufficient progress yet, but we will work on it", he added.

Mr Davis said the PM's speech set out "concrete proposals" and a breakthrough was now needed.

He said he was "keen and eager" to see how Mrs May's speech would be turned into a negotiating strategy. "We will discuss our future relations with the United Kingdom once there is so-called sufficient progress".

The European Union insisted the issues of the Irish border, EU citizens and the divorce bill must be settled before the United Kingdom can discuss a future trade relationship with the Brussels club. It's likely they will decide it's too soon and will reassess the decision in December.

The latter was a reference to a phrase used by hardline Brexit supporters in Britain including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson about what the government's approach to negotiations should be.

The EU has decided that current negotiations should aim to resolve the status of EU citizens living in Britain; the bill Britain will have to pay for the divorce; and the question of what should happen to the Ireland-Northern Ireland border after Brexit.

Johnson told Romania's Agerpres news agency that the estimated 500,000 Romanians now in Britain are "hugely valued members of our society".

He said: "We are in the middle of a negotiation".

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