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Brexit bill: Barnier gives UK two weeks to clarify key issues

November 10, 2017 3:06 pm

The UK has two weeks to clarify key issues or make concessions if progress is to be made in Brexit talks, the bloc’s chief negotiator has said.

Michel Barnier was speaking after meeting the Brexit secretary for talks on citizens’ rights, the Irish border, and the UK’s “divorce bill”.

David Davis said it was time for both sides “to work to find solutions”.

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Before the talks, Theresa May said she wanted the UK’s exit date set in law, and warned MPs not to block Brexit.

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Barnier suggested Britain would have to clarify its position in the next fortnight on what it would pay to settle its obligations to the EU if the talks were to have achieved “sufficient progress” ahead of December’s European Council meeting.

“It is just a matter of settling accounts as in any separation,” Barnier said.

Barnier also said both sides had to work towards an “objective interpretation” of Prime Minister Theresa May’s pledge that no member of the EU would lose out financially as a result of the Brexit vote.

The Brexit secretary insisted good progress was being made across the board, and that the negotiations had narrowed to a “few outstanding, albeit important, issues”.

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