European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday criticized the Brexit negotiations, saying that none of the policies proposed by the UK government to date have been satisfactory.
Juncker also reiterated that Britain and the EU must finalize discussions on the so-called “divorce bill” before trade negotiations can take place. The third round of negotiations between Britain and the EU commenced on Monday with British Secretary of State for Exiting the EU David Davis heading to Brussels for discussions with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier.
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman maintained that Britain is “in a good position [in the negotiations],” while Barnier called on Davis to “start negotiating seriously.”
Junker has previously suggested Britain should pay a divorce bill of 55 billion pounds (approx. NT$2.14 trillion), a sum which the UK government finds difficult to accept.
Pro-remain Conservative members of Britain’s parliament have called into question the prime minister’s handling of the negotiations, saying the government failed to provide clarity on the major questions, which they claim are causing the negotiations to descend into farce and are obstructing the agreement of a future trade deal.
Pro-EU former cabinet minister and Conservative member of parliament Anna Soubry said: “We need to face up to the reality... The whole thing is in danger of turning into a farce. We triggered Article 50 months ago, yet are only now publishing consultation papers on what our position should be. The clock really is ticking.”
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