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The Brexit bill blocks the passage to the second negotiating phase

The twenty-seven make a gesture to London by promising to analyze the future relationship

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The Brexit bill blocks the passage to the second negotiating phase

The impulse given to desencallar Brexit cannot mask main stumbling block on way: disputed exit bill that will have to pay for UK. The Heads of State and Government of European Union have wanted to reach out to British Prime Minister, Theresa May, but warning that, in concretion of se financial commitments, everything remains to be done. "I offered a firm commitment," said May after European summit on Friday in Brussels. "It is very clear that more steps are needed," German chancellor Angela Merkel has opposed.

The staging offered by two visible heads of EU — President of Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and that of Council, Donald Tusk — at end of meeting of rulers reveals dilemma well. Brussels is aware that re has been insufficient progress in Brexit, as I hoped to see in October, but intends to encourage m. Asked about wher or not re was a blockage in negotiations, Tusk responded that expression was "exaggerated" and declared "somewhat more optimistic than Michel Barnier [ EU European negotiator for Brexit]" on status of negotiations. Juncker quickly intervened to emphasize that, if Barnier had employed three times term jam to define situation, he "would have used it four times". The leader of Council perceives himself as a facilitator of process, while chief negotiator of twenty-seven must refine details.

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The key to this lack of progress lies in adjustment of accounts with United Kingdom, defined by some sources like " elephant in room". This settlement includes payment commitments acquired by EU of 28 states but which have not yet been disbursed and that 27 countries that will remain in Community club are calling for London. The British leader has given some signals about her willingness to take on budgetary contributions, but rejects captions such as provision of long-term loans granted by EU or contribution to European civil servants ' pensions.

Not half way

"We are far from agreement on financial commitments;" "We have not yet reached middle of road," estimated French president, Emmanuel Macron. Yet European leaders are aware that May is trying to impose on hardest wing of British Conservative Party and want to help her. "For weeks re is a good will on British side but we have to progress a lot yet," synsized macron.

With that dual language, Europe of 27 States certified before May that timid advances in divorce do not allow second phase of future trade agreement to pass. Despite everything, y will start to think about it and discuss it "internally" to try to approve it in December, according to conclusions document adopted this Friday and adopted in 90 seconds, assure sources that are familiar with discussions. This commitment puts negotiation to a challenge: closing in two months all that has not been agreed since June and, in addition, begin to define future relationship.

The British leader radiates optimism to convince his colleagues that it is in everyone's interest to reach a settlement of divorce and subsequent understanding. "Our relationship will not end in March 2019." We share interests and values and we have common challenges that we need to address toger, "argued May. The Premier, however, made it clear that he did not plan to outline amount of bill until he knew British future with EU. May has given signs of being willing to pay some 20 billion euros, far below minimum of 60,000 that it claims — unofficially — European Commission.

Juncker and Macron agreed, separately, in ir analysis of situation: "No one [in United Kingdom] explained to British what Brexit meant."


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