BRUSSELS: The European Union sought clarity from Britain on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit proposals as a fourth round of talks began on Monday, reports AFP.
During an expected four days of talks, chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier will look closely for details from UK counterpart David Davis after May signalled concessions on key deadlocked issues.
The talks were delayed by one week in order to await May’s speech which was delivered in Florence on Friday and hailed by Barnier as a “constructive” step forward in the stalled negotiations. “There has been some progress, but we really need to move forward now. Time is of the essence,” said Matti Maasikas, the Estonian EU affairs minister, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the 28-nation bloc.
Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders added: “Things are a little clearer now, but we still don’t really have any precise details.” Officials began talks on Thursday with Davis and Barnier due to give a press conference at 1530 GMT.
In her cautiously well-received Florence speech, May proposed a transition period of around two years after Britain’s formal departure date in March 2019, during which it will still effectively follow EU laws.