BRUSSELS: EU’S BARNIER INSISTS IT CANNOT DISCUSS TRADE WITH UK NOW

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European Union’s Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has kicked against the EU beginning a simultaneous discussion with the U.K. over future trade agreement. He said there is already a deadlock on the issue of financial settlement.

The Chief British negotiator David Davis on the other hand has been emphasising progress on the need for citizens’ rights.

But the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, expressed dismay. He said it was shocking that fifteen months after voting to leave the Union, the British government seemed to be hitting the rock at each stage of the negotiation.

“Every time there is a meeting between Michel Barnier and David Davis, they both come out making different statements. They can’t both be right”, he said.

The ongoing Brexit negotiation has been everything but incident free, with both sides failing to agree on common issues such as payments, business interest and the implication for EU citizens working in the U.K. and vice versa.

The U.K. government, led by Prime Minister Theresa May, says it expects the ‘divorce’ process from the Union to be cordial enough to promote trade between the two beyond 2019, but EU leaders have not hideen their disapproval of the British decision to leave the European trading bloc.

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