British and European Union negotiators are not expected to announce major breakthroughs after this week’s Brexit talks, according to officials involved in the process.
Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier and British Brexit Secretary David Davis were expected to brief reporters on Thursday about the outcome of the second round of Brexit negotiations, which began in Brussels on Monday.
Members of the UK’s 98-strong negotiation team and the EU’s 40-official task force used words such as “constructive”, “polite” and “a good start” for the talks but said the two sides remain profoundly divided over a range of issues, Reuters reported Wednesday.
The EU has demanded an early agreement on three issues before proceeding to future ties with the UK: the rights of EU nationals living in the UK; the UK’s “exit” payment to the EU; and the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Davis has agreed to the EU’s agenda for the talks,…