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United Kingdom says it is preparing for 'no deal' Brexit

United Kingdom says it is preparing for 'no deal' Brexit

The European Parliament Tuesday adopted its advisory motion on Brexit, with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker urging greater clarity from the United Kingdom on key issues before talks move on to the second phase.

The resolution was approved by a vote of 557 to 92 with 29 abstentions.

A pro-EU group criticised the Prime Minister when she used her conference speech to restate her willingness to walk away with no agreement, rather than a bad one.

Manfred Weber, the leader of the centre-right EPP grouping in the European Parliament and seen as a close ally of German chancellor Angela Merkel, went further, calling on Theresa May to sack Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary. Some of the members expressed frustrations about mixed messages coming out of the UK.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiatior Michel Barnier said Tuesday that not enough progress had yet been made to unlock talks on a future trade deal between Britain and the bloc.

MEPs have voted to block Brexit negotiations moving to the next phase on the UK's future relationship with the EU.

In his opening remarks during Tuesday's debate, European Commission President, Jean-Claude Junker said: "When it comes to Brexit, we still can not talk about the future with any real clarity".

These are the people who will pick the next party leader - and they are overwhelmingly pro-Brexit.

The fifth round of Brexit talks is due to start in Brussels on Monday.

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And they legitimately fear that if the negotiations were to continue after March 2019, the European Union would have an incentive to string them out as long as possible, so that we would continue to pay that £10bn a year subscription ad infinitum.

"Alongside these positive points, there are still serious divergences, in particular on the financial settlement", Mr Barnier added.

"There is no ransom, no exit bill, there is only the fact that when you decide to leave we ask you to settle your accounts - no more, no less than to pay what you agreed", Barnier said.

Echoing Barnier, Parliament called on European Union leaders by 557 votes to 92 to delay making a decision on that progress "unless there is a major breakthrough in line with this resolution in all three areas during the fifth negotiation round".

The next EU Summit will take place in Brussels on the 20 October, but unless there is a "major breakthrough" the Brexit negotiations will not move onto the second phase - discussing future trade deals.

Hans-Olaf Henkel, a German industrialist who sits with the British Conservatives, called on Verhofstadt to drop his "arrogance", on Barnier to stop seeming to want to "punish" Britain - and on Johnson to stop "stirring things up".

May, who took office after David Cameron resigned following the Brexit referendum past year, has appeared exhausted in recent days, prompting questions about her enthusiasm for the top job.

While the negotiations were proving hard and at times fractious, Mr Davis said his job was to keep calm and he urged Tory activists to "keep their eyes on the prize" on offer following the UK's exit from the EU.


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