EU's Juncker: No EU-UK trade talks until divorce issues settled

Brexit Secretary David Davis arrived in Brussels today prepared to deliver a hard-hitting message about what Britain sees as needless delays

Brexit Secretary David Davis arrived in Brussels today prepared to deliver a hard-hitting message about what Britain sees as needless delays

The British government is reportedly frustrated that the EU will not discuss the terms of the future EU-UK relationship until issues such as the "divorce bill" and the rights of EU citizens are settled.

Downing Street has insisted it is still a chance the EU will back down over its decision to hold off on negotiating the UK's future relationship with the trading bloc, as a series of highly antagonistic interventions from European officials threatened to overshadow this week's talks.

As the third round of Brexit talks began in Brussels on Tuesday, Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission president, underlined the sense that the two sides remain a long way apart, criticising the string of Britain's Brexit position papers that were released over August.

A spokesman for Theresa May has said the Prime Minister wants to put the criticism from Jean-Claude Juncker behind her and continue with the Brexit talks.

British officials have complained that European Union negotiators have been unwilling in talks that resumed this week in Brussels to move from guideline positions fixed in the mandate Michel Barnier was given by the other European Union states, leaving substantial gaps between them and proposals put forward by London.

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Davis insisted the United Kingdom position papers produced in recent weeks - on issues including Northern Ireland and the continued access of goods to market - were strong in detail.

The Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) has this month published position papers on citizens' rights and the Irish border but has so far offered no formal proposals on the divorce bill. And the sooner we remove the ambiguity, the sooner we will be in a position to discuss the future relationship and a transitional period'.

Mr Davis and Mr Barnier met on Monday at the start of the latest round of talks which highlighted differences between Brussels and Whitehall over the negotiating papers produced by the UK.

This round of talks will wrap up on Thursday with a joint Barnier-Davis press conference, but official on boths sides have cautioned against expecting very more than limited progress on specific technical issues.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has openly stated that she would take the country out of the European Union even if she fails to strike a deal with the bloc, but Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has asked for a softer approach that involves retaining Britain's access to the EU's tariff-free single market. Recent reports suggest the total figure could be around £30 billion.

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