Theresa May has been advised she has two weeks to place more cash on the desk if the EU is to agree to start Brexit commerce talks earlier than the tip of the yr.
EU Council President Donald Tusk mentioned he was “ready” to maneuver onto the subsequent section of Brexit talks, masking future relations with the UK.
But he mentioned the UK should reveal extra progress on the “divorce bill” and the Irish border by early subsequent month.
Mrs May mentioned “good progress” was being made however extra wanted to be finished.
The talks are at present deadlocked over the UK’s monetary settlement, residents’ rights and Ireland with Irish PM Leo Varadkar accusing the UK of not “thinking through” the Irish border situation.
After holding talks with Mrs May on the margins of a jobs summit in Sweden, Mr Tusk mentioned he wished to see additional progress if he was to advocate to EU leaders at their subsequent badembly on 14 December to provide the inexperienced mild to the subsequent section of talks.
Amid rising strain for a breakthrough earlier than the tip of the yr, he mentioned he would meet Mrs May in per week’s time to evaluate progress however warned time was working out for a choice earlier than the tip of 2017.
“We will be ready to move on to the second phase already in December,” he mentioned.
“But as a way to try this we have to see extra progress from the UK facet.
“If there’s not enough progress by then, I will probably be … not be ready to suggest new tips on transition and the long run relationship on the December European Council.”
Before leaving the occasion in Gothenburg, Mrs May mentioned that the 2 sides needed to “work together” to achieve a degree the place the EU believed enough progress had been made to open up commerce discussions.
She rejected claims that the talks have been in limbo and restated her precedence was to speak as quickly as doable about her objective of a future “deep” commerce and financial partnership.
The UK has mentioned it’s going to honour its current monetary obligations by guaranteeing no EU nation is worse off in the course of the present budgetary interval ending in 2020, a sum reported to be within the area of £20bn.
But the EU desires the UK to go additional and contribute to what they are saying are longer-term liabilities, resembling regional growth spending and pension funds for EU officers.
Asked whether or not Mrs May wanted to place more cash on the desk quickly to pave the best way for commerce talks, Swedish PM Stefan Lovren mentioned Britain “needs to clarify what they mean by their financial responsibility,” whereas Austrian chief Christian Kern mentioned the UK should “speed up and find a more realistic stance”.
Irish PM Leo Varadkar mentioned he was ready to attend till subsequent yr for “further concessions” from the UK, including that the verbal badurances the UK had provided that there could be no bodily checks on the border weren’t enough.
“I think it would be in all of our interests that we proceed to phase two in December,” he mentioned.
“But its 18 months since the referendum. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like they’ve thought all of this through.”