Britain can unlock the talks by offering to settle its Brexit bill

Conservative Party MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has launched a staggering verbal attack on Jean-Claude Juncker over the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

THERESA May has hit back at inflexible Brussels chiefs for not coming up with ideas about how to resolve Brexit problems, as talks continue to stall.

Ukraine is not a member of either the European Union or North Atlantic Treaty Organisation yet, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said addressing a meeting of the EU heads of diplomatic missions in Brussels on Tuesday.

The Commission president added it was crystal clear issues needed to be settled before talks on a future trade deal could begin.


Sitting in for Iain Dale, he said: "It's rather like a ransom, they're treating us like we're a hostage".

"There are an enormous amount of issues which remain to be settled".

Britain and the European Commission are holding a third round of talks this week, which the European Union has said must focus on the rights of EU and British citizens living overseas, a financial settlement and the Ireland/Northern Ireland border.

The move comes as Britain and the European bloc begin the second of four days of talks in Brussels, which form the latest round of discussions about how the pair should unpick their relationship after the UK's vote to leave the EU last July.


"First of all we will have to agree on the three crucial points. then we will talk about the rest".

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said on numerous occasions that talks on future trade relations between the United Kingdom and the EU will not start until "sufficient progress" has been made on the divorce bill, citizens' rights, and the Irish border.

Defending the UK's position papers from criticism by Barnier, Davis said they were the product of "hard work and detailed thinking that has been going on behind the scenes" for the previous year. The UK is set to leave in March 2019, with or without an agreement, and the European Union won't even talk about transition arrangements until it's satisfied the divorce settlement is on track.

Mrs May added: 'What I set out in my Lancaster House speech is you can't be a member of the single market without being a member of the European Union and we are leaving the European Union'.


Downing Street has also revealed that more papers on the country's position and future goals would be published next week.


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