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Jean-Claude Juncker blasts UK Brexit stance as 'unsatisfactory'

30 Août 2017

United Kingdom officials are also said to be challenging, line by line, the European Commission's paper outlining what it sees as the principles that should govern calculation of the UK's Brexit bill.

Officials from Brussels and the United Kingdom were continuing negotiations in the latest round of the withdrawal process, but Mr Juncker's comments are further evidence of the European Union's frustration with the approach being taken by the Prime Minister and Brexit Secretary David Davis.

Speaking in a conference for EU ambassadors, the president of the European Commission said the papers produced to outline the UK Government's position were not "satisfactory".

Mr Juncker said the United Kingdom "hesitates showing all its cards", but added: "I did read, with the requisite attention, all the papers produced by Her Majesty's Government and none of those is actually satisfactory". He also rejected the idea, repeatedly proposed by the United Kingdom government, that talks on a future trade deal begin now.

"We need to be crystal clear that we will commence".

Mr Juncker added: 'First of all we settle the past before we look forward to the future'.

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The UK wants trade talks to take place at the same time as discussions on separating the UK from the bloc.

"There are lots of issues where we believe you can't separate withdrawal from future relationship, and that's what we're seeking to agree. that we can move on to talk about our future relationship", the spokesperson said. The published papers included proposals on a future customs deal, and on how legal disputes could be resolved without the direct intervention of the European court of justice.

The shift, announced by shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, followed visits by Labour's top team to Brussels, leading to the conclusion that a bespoke transition deal was "highly unlikely".

"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".

The UK government hopes the next round of talks, scheduled for September, will achieve sufficient progress to convince EU leaders that Brexit is on track at the European Council meeting set for October.

"They have made it quite clear that we can not honour the decision of the referendum if we remain in the customs union and the single market".

Jean-Claude Juncker blasts UK Brexit stance as 'unsatisfactory'