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EU and Great Britain do not make progress in Brexit negotiations

Thursday, August 31st, 2017 | World News

Negotiations on EU exit from the UK are not progressing in the central areas. Even in the third round of talks, "no decisive progress" had been achieved in the relevant topics.

It is still far from being able to go into the second phase of the negotiations, said EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier after the talks in Brussels. In the ideal case, the future relations with Brexit should be discussed in the autumn.

David Davis, the British negotiator, also admitted "significant differences". He again called on the EU side to show more flexibility.

A comprehensive agreement – clarify future relationships
Negotiations have been held over the past few days regarding UK financial commitments, the future status of the Northern Irish-Irish border, and the question of how to secure the rights of EU citizens in Great Britain after Brexit. Clear progress in these areas is a prerequisite for the EU to discuss future EU relations with Great Britain.

The aim of both sides is a comprehensive agreement which answers both the questions of separation and the future relations. The Brexit is scheduled to take place at the end of March 2019. If there is no agreement, Great Britain will leave the EU unregulated. This could, for example, have serious economic consequences. "With each passing day, we approach the exit date," said Barnier. "Time is running out."

 The British government must have the interests of taxpayers in mind
As one of the main points in the talks, Barnier named the so-called Brexit bill. According to EU estimates, it could amount to a high double-digit bill.

In the past few days, it was clear that Britain would no longer want to comply with some of the EU's commitments after the Brexit, Barnier explained. One example is payments that can result from EU credit promises to third countries.

The taxpayers of the remaining 27 EU countries should not have to pay for the commitments entered into by 28 EU countries, Barnier criticized.

The Brite Davis said that it would now have to be assessed position by position whether there were legal obligations. The British Government is also obliged to keep the interests of its taxpayers in mind.

The next round of negotiations on the Brexite will presumably begin on 18 September. In the UK, the UK wants to present further positions.

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