“Sufficient progress has not yet been made” on the Brexit talks between the UK and the EU, the European Parliament said today.
The Parliament overwhelmingly voted for a motion saying that the British Government have not done enough to complete talks on Northern Ireland, citizens’ rights and the UK’s financial contribution, which must be finalised before negotiations can start on the future UK-EU relationship.
MEPs recommended that “unless there is a major breakthrough in line with this resolution in all three areas during the fifth negotiation round”, the European Council should postpone its assessment on the progress of the talks, meaning that the initial stage of negotiations would not be finished by October as originally planned.
Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:
“It is an indictment of this Government’s division and incompetence that talks on Britain’s future relationship with the EU may be pushed back and not start for months.
“With every fruitless negotiation round that goes by, the time left to negotiate a deal with the EU shrinks, and the likelihood of a hard and destructive Brexit that puts jobs at risk grows.
“It’s time for both sides to knuckle down, compromise, and work to progress to the next stage of talks as quickly as possible.”