Апреля 20 2018

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Апреля 20 2018, 10:07 | Irvin Gilbert

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Attending the Tallinn Digital Summit in Estonia today, Mrs May held a series of bilateral meetings with fellow heads of state, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

It comes after the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Britain has not made "sufficient progress" in the Brexit talks and warned that the EU-imposed starting line to move to trade talks could still be "months" away.

"By the end of October we will not have sufficient progress", he said.

Sterling ran a little bit higher; certainly the Barnier comments on "sufficient progress" is not enough to puncture the current sterling rally but still not strong enough to accelerate GBP gains in our opinion.

Jean-Claude Juncker has effectively ruled out a widening of the Brexit negotiations next month to take in a future trading relationship between Britain and the bloc, despite an acknowledgement by senior European Union officials that Theresa May's speech in Florence, last week, had been "full of concessions".

Mr Davis pursued a more combative tone than his boss and his team didn't go far enough to clarify the concessions Mrs May offered in the speech, according to the person, who asked not to be named as the discussions were private. "I'm saying that there will be no sufficient progress from now until October unless miracles would happen".

Describing the current situation as "human poker", Fairbairn and O'Grady said "a clear guarantee of the right to remain" for citizens in Britain and the European Union was needed within weeks.

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The EU has insisted on progress in three key divorce issues: Britain's exit bill, the fate of Northern Ireland, and the rights of three million EU citizens living in Britain and a million Britons living in Europe.

Britain's leading business and union bodies jointly urged the British government and European Union on Thursday to guarantee their citizens' rights after Brexit takes place in March 2019.

Mr Varadkar cast further doubt on early trade talks on Thursday, when he said the October deadline to enter the next phase was looking "very challenging".

The Lithuanian president, Dalia Grybauskaitė, said May's Florence speech had provide "a bit more clarity" but that both sides had to accept that the negotiations were "out of shape".

"And our determination to defend the stability, security and prosperity of our European neighbours and friends remains steadfast". "Not only is this important for our economy, it is the right thing to do".

The letter also said remaining in the single market would be "a mistake".

In a separate meeting with Mr Szydło, Mrs May agreed on the importance of Poland "having a strong relationship with the United Kingdom after Brexit" highlighting the two countries' "many shared projects, family ties and history".

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