The European Union and Britain are stuck in a “disturbing deadlock” in their Brexit negotiations over the EU divorce bill, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says.
Barnier made the comments at a press conference on Thursday at the end of a fifth round of Brexit talks with the UK’s Brexit Secretary David Davis at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.
“We are at a deadlock on this question which is extremely disturbing,” Barnier said. “Constructive talks had clarified some points but there had not been any great steps forward on central issues.”
The European Council will decide next week whether sufficient progress has been made on Brexit talks to begin trade discussions, as the UK wants.
Only if EU leaders approve there has been “sufficient progress” on these three issues would negotiators be allowed to move towards the more complex issue of future trade ties between the EU and Britain.
EU officials have…