Brussels: No 'substantial progress' — Barnier on latest Brexit talks

The latest round of negotiations between the European Union and the UK to reach a Brexit deal made no substantial progress, as EU's chief negotiator Michael Barnier said on Friday. In a press conference in Brussels, Barnier stated that the lack of progress in the negotiations following four days of video discussions with the UK was «not due to our method but to the substance. We must stick to our commitments if we want to move forward.» Barnier also showed the joint political declaration laid out by both sides when the UK parliament approved Brexit, complaining that the British side is not sticking to it. The UK left the EU on January 31 but remains inside the EU's tariff-free economic bloc until the end of the year. The transition period can be further extended by two years provided both sides request so by July 1. Mandatory credit: European Commission Mandatory credit: European Commission
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