European Union says little progress made in Brexit talks with Britain

European Union says little progress made in Brexit talks with Britain

The European Commission president's warning comes as the EU's 27 leaders prepare next week to begin internal discussions, without Britain, on trade after Brexit.

Michel Barnier said that despite the "constructive spirit" shown in this week's fifth round of talks, "we haven't made any great steps forward". "That's the reason why this process will take longer than initially thought", he told university students in Luxembourg this morning.

For the time being, we can not find a real compromise as far as the remaining financial commitments of the United Kingdom are concerned.

"If you are sitting in a bar and if you are ordering 28 beers and then suddenly some of your colleagues is leaving. that's not feasible, they have to pay, they have to pay", Juncker said.

Brexit talks between Britain and the European Union have not made "massive steps forward", according to the EU's chief negotiator.

In its strongest conclusion, it proposes that Barnier start working out internally - without negotiating with London - what will happen after Brexit.

While hardliners would prefer less or no talk of a future after Brexit and more about demanding money, others are keen to give May, beleaguered at home, something to show for the effort to compromise she displayed in a speech at Florence last month.

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The draft conclusions for for the October 19 summit, leaked in Brussels on Thursday evening, call for work to continue to achieve "sufficient progress" on withdrawal issues of a financial settlement, the Irish border and citizens' rights, to unlock the second stage of talks to focus on trade.

The British government is under pressure from euroskeptic lawmakers to increase planning for a "no deal" Brexit, in which the United Kingdom leaves the bloc without a trade agreement.

It echoes Mr Barnier's concerns that a "disturbing" deadlock over the size of Britain's exit bill means it is not yet time to move on to negotiations over the future UK/EU relationship.

The fifth round of talks were the last before a major European Union summit that will be taking place in December.

Apart from Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron also threw their support behind Spain amid the crisis.

"On financial settlement in general, the prime minister has been clear all along that we need to reach a settlement and we will honor our commitments", she told reporters. If we interfere, situation becomes much more complicated, "he said".