‘Only mir­a­cles can push Brexit talks’

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Euro­pean Com­mis­sion chief JeanClaude Juncker said it would take ‘mir­a­cles’ for Brexit di­vorce talks to make enough progress by the end of Oc­to­ber to move on to trade ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“By the end of Oc­to­ber we will not have suf­fi­cient progress,” Juncker said as he ar­rived for an EU sum­mit in Tallinn. “I’m say­ing there will be no suf­fi­cient progress from now un­til Oc­to­ber un­less mir­a­cles will hap­pen.” EU lead­ers are set to de­cide at a sum­mit on Oc­to­ber 19-20 whether there has been “suf­fi­cient progress” on the di­vorce to start dis­cussing the fu­ture re­la­tion­ship in­clud­ing a trade deal, as Bri­tain has de­manded.

But Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May in­sisted there had been “very good progress” on the rights of EU ex­pa­tri­ates, fol­low­ing a ma­jor Brexit speech she gave in Florence, Italy, last week.

“In my Florence speech I set out very clearly how we could en­sure that the rights of those EU ci­ti­zens were guar­an­teed in the UK,” May told re­porters. “That has been part of the ne­go­ti­a­tions that we’ve had, very good progress has been made, that was made clear by the state­ments made by David Davis and Michel Barnier made on Thurs­day,” she said.

Along with the tweet, Bi­den also shared a photo of him and Ju­lia Louis-Dreyfus walk­ing down a hall­way

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