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The European Union and Britain Made Progress in the Latest Round of Divorce Talks

Reuters

The European Union and Britain made progress in the latest round of divorce talks, but not enough to move to the next phase of discussions on a transition period after Brexit or a future trade deal, top negotiators said on Thursday, Reuters reports.

“We have had a constructive week, yes, but we are not yet there in terms of achieving sufficient progress. Further work is needed in the coming weeks and months,” chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters, praising a “new dynamic” created by concessions made last week by Prime Minister Theresa May.

She had hoped that a speech she made at Florence on Friday would unblock the three-month-old talks and paving the way for the EU to open discussions on a post-Brexit free trade deal by allowing Barnier to tell EU leaders that there is “sufficient progress” on three key “divorce” issues -- rights for expatriate citizens, the Northern Irish border and how much Britain owes.

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