Barnier Says 'Deadlock' Reached as Brexit Cliff Inches Closer


"We have reached a deadlock", Mr Barnier told reporters in Brussels at the end of the fifth round of talks.

Brexit talks have made little progress, the European Union's negotiator said on Thursday, meaning he can not yet recommend broadening the negotiations beyond the focus on the terms of Britain's exit to include key issues such as future trade relations.

The Supergirl costume-wearing, pro-Remain protester who attempted to gatecrash Thursday's Brexit press conference in Brussels condemned European Union officials as "undemocratic" after they kicked her out of the room.

"There's no question of making concessions on citizens rights, there's no question of making concessions on the peace process in Ireland, and as regards to the financial settlement, there's no question of making concessions on thousands of projects throughout Europe".

Brexit Secretary David Davis said Britain was still pushing for European Union leaders to give a green light to those talks on the future relationship when they meet Prime Minister Theresa May at an European Union summit in Brussels next Thursday.

"The U.K. repeated that it was still not ready to spell out these commitments", Barnier said. However, several member states oppose this.

"But today I can confirm that we want to reassure those European citizens living in the United Kingdom that their rights and status will be enshrined in UK law by the Withdrawal Agreement", Davis added.

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"There is a new momentum and I remain convinced today, with the political will, decisive progress is within our grasp within the next two months", he said.

Barnier described the stalemate as "very disturbing" and added that he was advising leaders that not enough progress had been made to move on to trade negotiations.

'We are continuing to work on the specific instruments and mechanisms which would give practical effect to this intention, ' he said.

"Over the next few weeks I will explore the way forward, if there is the necessary will, ways of getting out of this deadlock we found ourselves in on the financial issues with the view of making sufficient progress by the next European Council", he said.

Expectations were subdued before talks begin earlier this week, with progress also lacking on the border issue in Northern Ireland, and citizens' rights.

The Nottinghamshire MP issued a rallying cry to hard-Brexit Tory MPs turning on Prime Minister Theresa May, telling them to "shut up" and "get behind the Prime Minister".