Stig Abell: Labour Are Laughing At Us Over Brexit

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator has said that his team is far from being able to recommend that sufficient progress has been made to merit the focus of talks turning to the future EU-UK relationship.

Over the weekend the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, sparked another row by suggesting he was determined to "teach the British people and others what leaving the European Union means".

Barnier agreed there was "very little time" remaining to reach an agreement on Brexit, but added it was in the "common interest" of both the United Kingdom and European Union to do so.

"[It is] the single most important step we can take to prevent a cliff-edge for people and businesses, because it transfers laws and provides legal continuity", she said in comments provided by her office.

Conservative whips are in talks with their Labour counterparts to ensure that a crucial Brexit bill is not defeated in parliament in September, it has been reported. And supply chain and logistics operations are the first places that such damage will be felt. So what seems to have happened is that over the last couple of days or so, after the snippy joint UK/EU press conference in Brussels on Thursday, the UK has confirmed to the EU that the speech is going ahead.

"There is an obligation to achieve more progress to reassure people that it [Brexit] won't have damaging effect on the peace process", Coveney said, admitting that the complete solution and the final, new relationship between the United Kingdom and Ireland will not be known in detail until the future trading relationship is fully negotiated.

He said this just after a meeting with the European Union negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier.

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"There is now more and more recognition of the need of such a transition period", the legislature's Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said.

David Davis faces a grilling from MPs later when he updates them on the latest round of Brexit negotiations. "The British people won't be blackmailed and we won't be coughing up billions to pay for a trade deal with a few countries whose influence is declining when there is a whole world to trade with". Meanwhile, First Secretary of State Damian Green has warned the same pro-EU MPs to "back Brexit or get Jeremy Corbyn".

"Both sides have agreed... that we should at least protect existing health care rights and arrangements for EU27 citizens in the United Kingdom and UK nationals in the EU".

"We are not there yet", she said, while suggesting the divorce bill was "inextricably linked" to the UK's future relationship with the EU.

"My friend Michel Barnier is a bit anxious about the progress of the negotiations but we still have some time to go, quite a good deal of time to go", the EU's economic affairs commissioner said.

Asked if MPs were behind May to lead them into another general election, he told the BBC's Daily Politics: "If my colleagues are then I am.At the moment we are solidly behind Theresa May".

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