Risk of 'cliff edge' Brexit grows as Barnier warns on lack of progress in negotiations

No progress on key issues

Mike Sheen
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Barnier said trust issues remained between the two sides. Photo: EPP Group in the CoR/Flickr/Creative Commons CC BY 2.0
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Barnier said trust issues remained between the two sides. Photo: EPP Group in the CoR/Flickr/Creative Commons CC BY 2.0

Further uncertainty was cast on the success of Brexit negotiations on Thursday when top EU negotiator Michel Barnier said there has been no "decisive" progress, following the conclusion of the third round of formal talks.

At a joint press conference with UK Brexit secretary David Davis, Barnier acknowledged some movement on issues such as frontier workers right and pending cases at the European Court of Justice, but said there had been no progress on "decisive subjects". Significantly, Barnier said the two parties remained "quite far" from being able to begin talks on future trade arrangements, and that there were issues of "trust". European blog: Industry reaction as investors gear up for German elections and Brexit Few other details were given as to the specifics of the negotiations, but it is und...

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