The clock’s ticking for the UK, as another round of Brexit talks kick off in Brussels.
With sticking points remaining, the launch of the next round of negotiations – on trade and the future relationship – could now be delayed into next year.
“It’s really concerning if we don’t get the agreement to move to phase two in December because then that means probably March is the next opportunity to do that,” Simon Usherwood, a reader in politics at the University of Surrey, told Euronews.
“(It) doesn’t leave much time at all for discussion about the transitional arrangements, which are likely to be even more complicated and politically frought.”
The key stumbling blocks right now are the future rights of British citizens in Europe and vice versa; the land-border in Northern Ireland; and the bill, how much money the UK will pay to settle this messy divorce.