Stale­mate in talks on UK’s Brexit bill

Daily Star - - News - ® by ALEXAN­DER BROWN alex.brown@dai­

BRI­TAIN and the EU were last night caught in a dead­lock on Brexit.

And Europe’s chief ne­go­tia­tor de­scribed the lack of progress as “very dis­turb­ing”.

Af­ter the fifth round of talks, Michel Barnier blasted Bri­tain for fail­ing to agree on a di­vorce bill. Mr Barnier claimed Brexit sec­re­tary David Davis had “much work to do” if the talks were to suc­ceed.

Speak­ing at a joint press con­fer­ence in Brus­sels, he said: “We have reached a state of dead­lock which is very dis­turb­ing for thou­sands of project pro­mot­ers in Europe and very dis­turb­ing for tax­pay­ers.”

The fu­ri­ous of­fi­cial said more needs to be done be­fore talks can move on to trade.

Mr Davis called for EU lead­ers to re­vise Mr Barnier’s in­struc­tions to al­low him to “ex­plore ways for­ward”.

He said: “To pro­vide cer­tainty we must talk about the fu­ture.

“Clearly we would like them to give Michel the means to broaden the ne­go­ti­a­tion.”

A spokesman for the Leave.EU cam­paign group slammed the talks, adding: “We should do ev­ery­one a favour and leave now.”

BIG DI­VIDE: Davis and Barnier yes­ter­day as talks dead­lock was re­vealed

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