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EU Needs Clarity From UK Over Brexit Positions: Juncker

03 Octobre 2017

The European Union insisted Tuesday that Brexit negotiations with Britain will not move onto future relations until enough progress on such things as London's exit payment has been made.

Speaking before a plenary session of the European Parliament, Juncker and Barnier said that, despite four rounds of talks, there was a lack of progress on three key issues necessary to be solved before talks can proceed. We have not yet made the sufficient progress needed.

"There are still serious divergences - especially on the financial settlement", Barnier said.

He was applauded by MEPs as he said: 'We will never accept for the 27 to pay what was decided on by 28, it's as simple as that.

Weber turned Henry Kissinger's observation about the many leaders in the European Union onto Britain, asking who he should call to know the real United Kingdom position on the country's withdrawal from the bloc: "Theresa May, Boris Johnson, or even (Brexit negotiator) David Davis?"

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Brussels is thought likely to demand a higher financial settlement than the £40billion Mrs May suggested she was prepared to agree in her Florence speech.

Many lawmakers were also dismissive of the Britain's Conservative government, which is widely seen as insecure and bumbling.

The head of the biggest party grouping in the European Parliament is calling for British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to be sacked for creating confusion over Brexit.

The president remarked on the "optimistic note" struck by Prime Minister Theresa May in her speech in Florence last month but said, "Speeches are not negotiating positions", adding that "The devil will be as always in the details". Until now I can't say that we are ready to enter the second phase of the negotiations. "Theresa May, Boris Johnson, or even (Brexit negotiator) David Davis?"

The text, tabled by the parliament's Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt, stresses that Britain must obey EU rules including free movement and European court of justice (ECJ) judgments during the transition period of around two years proposed by May.

EU Needs Clarity From UK Over Brexit Positions: Juncker