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Barnier gives UK two weeks to clarify Brexit bill amount

The UK has two weeks to clarify what it will pay the EU if progress is to be made in Brexit talks, the bloc’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said. He was speaking after meeting Brexit Secretary David Davis for discussions on citizens’ rights, the Irish border, and the UK’s “divorce bill”. Mr Davis said it was time for both sides “to work to find solutions”. Before the talks, Theresa May said she wanted the UK’s exit date set in law, and warned MPs not to block Brexit. Speaking at…

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Brexit: David Davis and Michel Barnier to sum up state of talks

Brexit Secretary David Davis and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier are expected to sum up the state of negotiations on the UK’s departure from the union later. The fifth round of talks – the final discussions before a crucial EU summit on 19 and 20 October – are due to end. The UK has been hoping EU leaders at the summit will decide enough progress has been made to open trade talks. The UK is set to leave the European Union at the end of March 2019. Transition…

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Brexit: UK to be 'educated' about consequences, says Barnier

The EU’s Brexit negotiator has said he sees the process as an opportunity to “teach the British people and others what leaving the EU means”. Michel Barnier said he would never resort to blackmail but saw it as his job to “educate” the UK about the price it would pay for leaving the EU “club”. The UK has hit back, saying the EU does “not want to talk about the future”. Brexit Secretary David Davis said it was “frightened” and the UK would not be bounced into a divorce bill…

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No decisive progress on Brexit – Barnier

Europe’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says there has been “no decisive progress” on key issues in talks with the UK. He said negotiations were still “quite far” away from being in a position to begin talks on future trade arrangements. He also said there were issues of “trust” between the two sides. But UK Brexit Secretary David Davis urged the EU to be “more imaginative and flexible” in its approach. He said in his opinion there had been “some concrete progress” during the third round of talks in Brussels….

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