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David Davis (L) and Michel Barnier [Image: Reuters/Yves Herman].

I agree with tradedealwatch on Twitter: Theresa May’s fluff-piece hasn’t swayed EU’s Barnier. No progress on Irish border, divorce bill, citizens’ rights.

The Brexit secretary, David Davis, and the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, have clashed over the UK’s exit bill and Britain’s request for a transition period after Theresa May’s speech in Florence last week failed to unlock the stalemate in negotiations.

On the first day of the fourth round of talks, Barnier said the prime minister’s €20bn (£17.6bn) offer did not mean the UK would be given a transition period or that negotiations could move on to the detail of a future trading relationship.

“It remains more necessary than ever to create the trust that we need to set up and build upon our future relationship,” he said, adding that it was up to Britain to provide clarity with time running out before it leaves.

Barnier’s opening remarks are likely to disappoint No 10 and infuriate senior Brexit supporters in the government who believe May’s Florence speech was a generous offer to the EU.

Source: Davis and Barnier at odds over Brexit bill and transition period | Politics | The Guardian


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