European Union president Donald Tusk issued a “last call” Friday for Britain to explain what it wants from Brexit, as the bloc warned time was running out and stepped up preparations for the prospect of no deal.
EU leaders meeting in Brussels expressed their concern at the lack of progress in negotiations, exactly nine months before Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019.
“There’s a great deal of work ahead and the most difficult tasks are still unresolved,” Tusk told an end-of-summit press conference.
“This is the last call to lay the cards on the table.”
Britain is hoping to agree a withdrawal deal and the outline terms of a future trading and security partnership by October, but talks have become stalled on the issue of the Irish border.
The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said he hoped a policy paper from London, due within weeks, would “contain workable and realistic proposals”.
“But let me mention once again that time is very…