Brexit negotiators hail ‘decisive steps forward’
Britain and the EU took “decisive steps forward” in Brexit talks following a key speech by Prime Minister Theresa May but more work is needed to unlock the next phase, negotiators said Thursday.
Speaking after the fourth round of talks in Brussels, European Union negotiator Michel Barnier and his British counterpart David Davis said there was now more clarity on the details of May’s speech in Florence last week.
But France’s Barnier warned they were “weeks or months” away from making the progress on divorce issues needed to move on to discussions on a future trade deal after Britain leaves in March 2019.
“Thanks to the constructive and determined manner in which both sides have conducted these negotiations I believe we are making decisive steps forward,” Davis told a news conference alongside Barnier at the European Commission’s headquarters.