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Brexit talks: EU demands clarification from the UK

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 01:58

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier calls for more clarification from the UK on key issues at the end of the second round of Brexit negotiations. David Doyle reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHEL BARNIER, EU CHIEF NEGOTIATOR, SAYING: (French) "We must clarify the reasons for this divergence" (English) "The UK should clarify in the next session" (French) "A clarification of the UK position" No doubting what the EU's chief Brexit negotiator wants from the EU. Michel Barnier repeatedly asking for clarifications from London at the end of the first full round of Brexit negotiations. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHEL BARNIER, EU CHIEF NEGOTIATOR, SAYING: "We require this clarification on the financial settlement, on citizens rights, on Ireland with the two key points of the common travel area and the Good Friday agreement and on the other separation issues." Expats' rights, Britain's divorce bill and the Irish border the three key issues the EU says need to be addressed before it is is willing to begin talks on a future trade deal. That just days after this picture - the EU team with reams of paper, the UK team without - sparked jibes from Brexit critics. They said the picture shows the UK's government is under prepared for the negotiations. Brexit minister David Davis denying that Thursday, saying he had 98 officials working on the talks in Brussels. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH BREXIT SECRETARY, DAVID DAVIS, SAYING: "All in all the second round of negotiations have given us a lot to be positive and highlighted also demonstrated the need for both sides to be dynamic and flexible as we approach these challenges." The EU not sounding flexible on the way in which the rights of its citizens living in the UK will be guaranteed. Barnier saying there was a "fundamental divergence" on the issue, and insisted that the European Court of Justice should be the guarantor of those rights. Davis said both the UK and the EU agree on the need to ensure certainty for citizens (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH BREXIT SECRETARY, DAVID DAVIS, SAYING: "Though of course there are a number of areas where we disagree." Areas of disagreement identified as the priority in the next round of talks. Those due to take place in late August. Barnier, concluding his opening remarks on Monday, said that round MUST be about clarification.

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Brexit talks: EU demands clarification from the UK

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 01:58