British Prime Minister Theresa May has acknowledged for the first time that Brexit negotiations with the European Union have hit “difficulty,” as she pressed EU leaders for a Brexit deal she can “defend” at home.
Speaking on Thursday at an EU summit in Brussels, May explicitly conceded that talks were in trouble and said she “recognized the difficulty the process was in,” according to Downing Street.
“The clear and urgent imperative must be that the dynamic you create enables us to move forward together,” May told her colleagues.
As expected, her 27 EU counterparts agreed at the summit that not enough progress had been made on other issues to begin formal trade talks now.
They have officially concluded that “insufficient progress” has been made in negotiations over citizens’ rights, the border in Northern Ireland and the UK’s financial obligation to allow them to move onto the second phase of talks with the UK dealing with trade…