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Brexit progress but not enough to open trade talks

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By Catherine Hardy  with REUTERS, BLOOMBERG
Brexit progress but not enough to open trade talks

<p>The EU and the UK have made progress in the latest round of their divorce talks, according to those involved.</p> <p>However, not enough has been made to move on to the next phase of discussions on a transition period after Brexit, or a future trade deal.</p> <p>This week’s round of negotiations follows a speech in Florence by UK Prime Minister Theresa May. In it, she made some concessions, in the hope of unblocking the three-month-old talks and paving the way for the EU to open discussions on a post-Brexit free trade deal.</p> <h3><strong>A new dynamic?</strong></h3> <p>Both sides involved in the intricate negotiations arranging the UK’s withdrawal – or “Brexit” – from the EU have welcomed a “new dynamic” in the negotiations.</p> <p>However, deep divisions remain on trade and on the role of the European Court of Justice (<span class="caps">ECJ</span>) should have after the UK leaves.</p> <p>Both sides spoke in Brussels at the end of the fourth round of Brexit talks in three months.</p> <h3><strong>What did they say?</strong></h3> <p>EU Chief negotiator Michel Barnier says it will take “weeks or months” before Brexit talks can move on to trade.</p> <p>UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech in Florence last week “made it possible to unblock the situation,” <strong>Barnier</strong> said at a press conference in Brussels after the latest round of talks.</p> <p>Barnier said “useful” talks had been held over the financial settlement but clarity is still lacking.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“David and I worked well together. Clarity on some points, but more work needed on others” <a href="https://twitter.com/MichelBarnier?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>MichelBarnier</a> "We will keep working"</p>— Catherine Hardy (</code>fernojay) <a href="https://twitter.com/fernojay/status/913348067293847552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 septembre 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“Its true there are differences of opinion but I am confident we can resolve these. We must never forget the bigger picture.” says Davis</p>— Catherine Hardy (@fernojay) <a href="https://twitter.com/fernojay/status/913347719216947200?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 septembre 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3><strong>Citizens’ rights</strong></h3> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Will publish updated table on citizens rights later today, says Davis. We have made progress.</p>— Catherine Hardy (@fernojay) <a href="https://twitter.com/fernojay/status/913346260689702912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 septembre 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“Guaranteed rights of return in return for onward movement rights. Major question of enforcing rights after we leave EU remains”</p>— Catherine Hardy (@fernojay) <a href="https://twitter.com/fernojay/status/913346404847939585?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 septembre 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“Citizens rights a priority. UK has agreed withdrawal agreement – very important. Reassures citizens can invoke rights before UK courts”</p>— Catherine Hardy (@fernojay) <a href="https://twitter.com/fernojay/status/913348296122478593?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 septembre 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3><strong>The <span class="caps">ECJ</span> – a “stumbling block”</strong></h3> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“Failed to agree on <span class="caps">ECJ</span> principle role – a stumbling block for the EU” says <a href="https://twitter.com/MichelBarnier?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>MichelBarnier</a></p>— Catherine Hardy (</code>fernojay) <a href="https://twitter.com/fernojay/status/913348435272757248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 septembre 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“UK will incorporate final withdrawal agreement into UK law. Ensure consistent interpretation of EU law.”</p>— Catherine Hardy (@fernojay) <a href="https://twitter.com/fernojay/status/913346558082633729?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 septembre 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3><strong>The Insight</strong></h3> <p>Commentators are speaking of a new sense of momentum in the talks, a more positive feeling and a genuine sense of change.</p> <p>Both David Davis and Michel Barnier mentioned UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech in Florence last week. </p> <p>Analysts say the speech, which included a concrete offer of money,seems to have broken the deadlock talks had reached.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Brexit?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Brexit</a> :“A crucial round of talks, this week we have made proposals outlined in Theresa May’s speech in Florence” – Davis</p>— Catherine Hardy (@fernojay) <a href="https://twitter.com/fernojay/status/913345853355646976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 septembre 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/MichelBarnier?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>MichelBarnier</a> talking now "PM Florence speech created new dynamic, we have felt it this week" live <a href="https://twitter.com/euronews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>euronews</a></p>— Catherine Hardy (@fernojay) <a href="https://twitter.com/fernojay/status/913347875400241152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 septembre 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3><strong>When is the next round due?</strong></h3> <p>One more round is due in early October before leaders meet at an EU summit.</p> <p>At that stage, they will decide whether talks can move on to trade and the terms of the future transition deal.</p> <p>Next week, the European Parliament will call for leaders not to move talks on to trade at the summit, unless a major breakthrough is made next month.</p>