Britain seeks renewed cooperation with European Union

The EU's top official has declared it will take "miracles" for Brexit talks to move on to their next phase by the end of October.

May offered the prospect of a post-Brexit security partnership as European Union leaders were gathered Thursday for a two-day meeting in Estonia and Brexit negotiations were gathering speed following months of inaction and barely concealed quarrels.

The EU has demanded "sufficient progress" be reached on three key withdrawal topics - the financial settlement, EU citizens' rights and Northern Ireland's border - before the UK is allowed to discuss the Prime Minister's wish for a "comprehensive and ambitious" UK-EU trade deal.

"At the end of October, we will not have sufficient progress", the president of the European commission said in Tallinn, Estonia, at a summit of EU leaders.


Juncker's stance waters down expectations after Thursday's positive Barnier - Davis concluding session of the fourth negotiating round at the Berlaymont.

"This is a stumbling block for the European Union", said Barnier.

"Last night's discussions showed there's a common realisation of a need for a leap forward in Europe", Macron told reporters on Friday after an European Union summit dinner that stretched beyond midnight in the Estonian capital Tallinn. Barnier said Thursday that progress had been made but a "big gap" remained in some areas.

"A Downing Street spokesman said Mrs May also emphasised the need to agree a" time-limited" transition period after Brexit "to provide certainty to businesses and others in both Britain and the EU".


The review, written by researchers from the Universities of Oxford, Sheffield, Michigan, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, modelled three potential Brexit outcomes - hard (a free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU); soft (a similar agreement to the European Economic Area); and failed (falling back on World Trade Organisation rules) - and in each case they concluded that there would be major risks to health, which should be considered in Brexit negotiations. Irish leader Leo Varadkar said it was "still very evident that there's more work to be done". Not only is this important for the economy, it is the right thing to do, ' it added.

For the past week, though, British Prime Minister Theresa May has sounded more conciliatory.

The German Chancellor was said to have "welcomed" the speech and described "good progress" in negotiations this week.

May, weakened by a June election when she lost her Conservative Party's majority, hopes to use the informal summit in Estonia to talk to EU leaders about Brexit, and to underline Britain's role in European security to try to win goodwill.


Talks will resume on October 9.


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