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Latest Brexit talks over without any great steps forward - EU's Michel Barnier

Disagreement on how to resolve issues about citizens' rights after Brexit

 

The latest round of Brexit talks have ended without taking any "great steps forward", the EU's chief negotiator said.

Michel Barnier told a closing news conference in Brussels that the talks had "clarified" some issues but that more needed to be done.

"We clarified some points without however making any great steps forward," he said.

Mr Barnier said there was "still disagreement" on how to resolve issues about citizens' rights after Brexit.

He said the interpretation of rights must be "genuinely consistent" between the UK and the EU after Britain quits and suggested they must be applied through the European Court of Justice.

"We are continuing to work on the specific instruments and mechanisms which would give practical effect to this intention," he said.

Mr Barnier said that there was "deadlock" on the issue of the scale of Britain's financial settlement and that there had been no negotiations on the issue this week.

Mrs May's announcement in her Florence speech that Britain would honour commitments entered into as an EU member was "important", he said.

But he added: "This week, however, the UK repeated that it was still not ready to spell out these commitments.

"There have therefore been no negotiations on this subject. We confined ourselves to technical discussions - useful discussions, but technical discussions.

"On this question we have reached a state of deadlock which is very disturbing for thousands of project promoters in Europe and it's disturbing also for taxpayers."

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