EU Negotiator Laments 'Little Progress' on Brexit, May Struggles With Trade Plan

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But Mrs May's spokesman said the "focus is on getting this right" rather than meeting a deadline.

Asked about the issue on Monday, a French presidential adviser said there was no decision from the European Union to exclude Britain from Galileo, and that the current "uncertainty" was simply the direct result of Britain's decision to leave. The UK decided unilaterally and autonomously to withdraw from the EU. Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva of Bulgaria, which holds the EU's rotating presidency, told reporters after the meeting of European affairs ministers: "We look forward to more a intensive engagement by the United Kingdom government in the coming weeks".

The deal could include regular British-EU foreign policy talks, cooperation on military and aid missions, cooperation on defence projects and intelligence sharing, Barnier said.

"We are concerned that there is no clear stance, no clear position from the British".

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About it reports Reuters with a reference to the statement by the German Minister for European Affairs Michael Roth announced in Brussels on Monday, may 14. "We need something more real", Linde was quoted by the TT newswire as saying after the meeting.

The EU has suggested a "backstop" proposal, in which only Northern Ireland would stay in a customs union with the EU post-Brexit, but London says that would effectively create a border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. It would see Britain collect tariffs on behalf of Brussels on goods from non-EU countries set to be re-exported to the continent. "We have seen on the Norway-Sweden border that we still need all customs administrative measures despite us having a very well-functioning border", she said.

"Nobody must have to underestimate the key rendezvous of June", he added, when the EU's 27 remaining leaders and British Prime Minister Theresa May will have their two-day summit.

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said it was too early to discuss an extension of the timeline, but added: "The aim is now to conclude a deal in the time schedule that has been agreed on ..."

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