UK needs ‘a MIRACLE!’ Juncker issues brutal Brexit slapdown on progress of talks

29 Sep

Mrs May was expected to have a half-hour face-to-face meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the summit this morning.

The conversation, on the sidelines, was set to discuss Brexit and the possibility of moving on to the next phase of discussions.

Following the latest round of talks this week, the EU’s negotiator Mr Barnier said Mrs May’s speech had created a “new dynamic”, but more progress was needed to move to the next phase of discussions.

The chief EU negotiator praised a “new dynamic” to Brexit negotiations created by concessions Mrs May’s speech.

But he insisted progress still needed to be made on EU citizens’ rights, the Irish border and a financial settlement before talks could move on to a transition period and trade.

Mr Barnier said: ”I think it is positive that Theresa May’s speech made it possible to unblock the situation to some extent and give a new dynamic to the situation.

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