Liam Fox has admitted that no Brexit deal would be “damaging” for the United Kingdom in a marked change of tone from the International Trade Secretary.
“We have not yet made the sufficient progress needed”, Mr Juncker said.
He welcomed the British government’s recognition that it had financial obligation, but noted, “The devil will be – as always – in the detail”.
“Please sack Johnson because we need a clear answer who is responsible for the British position”.
It comes as the European Parliament passes a non-binding motion stating that there hasn’t been enough progress during the Brexit negotiations to justify opening trade negotiations with Britain.
He said that the country was taking cautious steps not to fail in their negotiations but were also “contingency planning” to cover all scenarios.
“The process of negotiating our exit from the European Union has created uncertainty so investment has slowed as businesses wait for clarity”, Hammond said.
On the issue of rights for European Union citizens living in the European Union, the prime minister offered to write legal protections into the actual exit treaty. “We will not pay at 27 what has been decided at 28, it is simple as that”.
“The taxpayers of the EU27 should not pay for the British decision”, he told MEPs. “So, no more, no less”.
“It’s beginning to feel to me like we’re wasting our time here”.
During her intervention in the plenary session, Marlene Mizzi said: “People are anxious and they have a right to be anxious about their future, because they do not really know what will happen to them come Brexit day”.
“Alongside these positive points, there are still serious divergences, in particular on the financial settlement”, Mr Barnier added. The EU is pressing ahead with efforts to further harmonize data regulation across all the member countries to create a Digital Single Market.
“The Prime Minister’s speech in Florence was conciliatory”.
As recently as Tuesday, the UK’s Brexit Minister David Davis said Britain was ready to walk away with no deal.
“I am prepared to speed up and intensify the negotiations to the greatest possible extent”, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator told the parliament in Strasbourg.
“I think that is what’s iving certainly the frustration of most of the people I’ve spoken to here over the last few days”.
The resolution refers to Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent statement about wanting no infrastructure on the Irish border after Brexit.
Russel said it was unclear what any new government might do.
“We need to get Britain standing on its own two feet – facing outwards to the world”.
“We have to make our position very clear, showing what we will do if no deal is struck”. “But the greater the emphasis the EU27 place on the outline of a future free trade deal to move talks onto transition, the more hard this will make life for May, given ongoing divisions within the Conservative Party”.