Brexit talks deadlock

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Added On October 13, 2017

Barnier and Britain's Brexit Secretary David Davis addressed a media briefing after the latest round of negotiations.

 
Barnier said no major steps forward in this week's Brexit talks yet in three key fields: namely citizens' rights, Northern Ireland border and financial settlement. 
 
SOUNDBITE(FRENCH) MICHEL BARNIER, EU Chief Brexit Negotiator
"In her Florence speech, Theresa May affirmed that the UK would honour the commitments entered into as a member of the Union and that is an important commitment. This week, however, the UK repeated that it is still not ready to spell out these commitments."
 
Barnier asserted that doing things in right order is the key to Brexit talks' success and the EU-UK future relationship is definitely not the subject of the first negotiation session. 
 
Davis said he hoped that Barnier would be able to persuade this month's meeting of the European Council to agree to move the negotiations to the next critical stage.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) DAVID DAVIS, UK Brexit Secretary 
"Our aim is to provide as much certainty as possible to business, citizens and the EU. On this we are making real and tangible progress. Make no secret of the fact that while providing certainty, we must talk about the future."
 
British Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier that Britain shoul d prepare for a no-deal Brexit. 
 
May said achieving a special partnership after Brexit will require leadership and flexibility, not just from Britain, but from the 27 nations of the EU.