MEPs to Vote in Motion on Brexit Talks Progress Today

Randolph Lopez
October 6, 2017

However, its chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has indicated that "we are not yet there in terms of achieving sufficient progress" - "sufficient progress" being the benchmark for the talks to move onto other issues, including, critically, trade and the shape of any transitional arrangement.

Their remarks came hours after lawmakers at the European Parliament in Strasbourg voted overwhelmingly for a resolution saying too little progress had been made in Brexit talks to allow discussions to begin on a future trade deal with the United Kingdom, highlighting frustration within the EU at the pace of negotiations.

"This period will be short and supervised, and will involve the full regulatory structure, as well as budgetary and legal conditions, and the role of the European Court of Justice".

They regret, as Mr Barnier, that "discrimination" have already taken place " in the Uk and in certain other member States", stressing that " these had repercussions on their daily life, by limiting the effective exercise of their rights ". Sufficient progress must be deemed to have been made in three key areas in the talks process - citizens rights, financial obligations and Ireland - before the process can move on to talks about the future relationship.

The motion called on the European Council of leaders "unless there is a major breakthrough.to postpone its assessment on whether sufficient progress has been made".

Adding that not sufficient progress had been achieved to move to the second phase of the negotiations, which would include the transitional deal and any agreements on future relations, Juncker remained defiant that the European Union would not suffer from Brexit.

The non-binding measure was backed by 557 votes to 92 with 29 abstentions.

"We think May will be able to converge towards the EU27 on financial liabilities and citizens rights without triggering a destabilizing leadership challenge", says Oliver Harvey, a macro strategist at Deutsche Bank.

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a session at the European parliament that more needs to be done on the withdrawal issues for EU nations to agree moving to the next phase of future relations later this month.

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- Labour party has an unclear position on Brexit.

"Who do I call London: Theresa May?".

A new round of Brexit talks will begin next Monday in Brussels.

"We need a clear answer of who is responsible for the British position".

"The taxpayers of the 27 don't have to pay for the consequences of the decision that they didn't take", said Mr Barnier to rapturous applause.

Speaking today in Manchester, Mrs May said: "If you are a citizen of the European Union who has made your life here I know you will feel unsettled and nervous but we value the contribution you make to the life of the country and you are welcome here".

"London is very creative in putting red lines on the table, for pleasing their party supporters", Weber said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private, senior officials now fear time could run out for the U.K.to reach the "heads of agreement" on a future trade deal with the EU.

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