Belgium: EU negotiator Barnier «concerned» after Davis Brexit talks

European Commission's Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier stated that he is «ready to intensify negotiations» after admitting his concern over the state of the talks, speaking at a joint press conference with UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis in Brussels, Monday. Barnier noted the slowness affecting the negotiations and pointed out that «the sooner we'll remove... Еще the ambiguity, the sooner we will be in a position to discuss the future relationship and a transitional period». The EU diplomat then stressed that the guidelines outlined by the European Council «are clear about what is expected on separation, on transition and on conditions for the future relationship», adding that the 27 European members and the European Parliament «will not accept that separation issues are not addressed properly». «I am ready — I am ready to intensify negotiations over the coming weeks in order to advance», he concluded. In turn, Davis stated that, during the third round of talks, the UK wants «to lock-in the points where we agree, unpick the areas where we disagree and make further progress on the whole range of issues.» He also added that for those points to be reached, negotiations will «require flexibility and imagination from both sides».

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