Brexit wrangle over citizens' rights is nonsense, says Juncker

The breakthrough follows pleas by Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier

The breakthrough follows pleas by Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier

As we cannot do this, we will not be able to say during the European council in October that now we can move to the second phase of the negotiations, which means the shaping of the British-European future.

Juncker said on Friday that while European citizens would always grateful for Britain's influence and impact on the continent, "now they [Britain] need to pay". "But not they have to pay".

On Thursday, EU lead negotiator Michel Barnier said he will not recommend the EU27 authorise Brexit talks move on from key divorce issues - the financial settlement, citizens' rights and Northern Ireland - when they gather in the Belgian capital on 19 October.

"Why are we discussing nonsense like that?"

He added he didn't understand why both sides don't say "things will stay as they are" after the UK's exit, continuing: "Citizens have rights because they are citizens, not because there is a Brexit issue which has to be discussed".

In the draft text, which could be modified, the leaders note that "while the United Kingdom has stated that it will honor its financial obligations taken during its membership, this has not yet been translated into a firm and concrete commitment from the UK to settle all of these obligations".

Negotiations are moving slowly.

They refuse to talk about future relations, including trade, until that happens.

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Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC: "The Tories' Repeal Bill is simply not fit for objective".

"Theresa May must start listening to the legitimate concerns of Labour and some of her own MPs by urgently changing approach".

"Not because they dislike us, nothing to do with that, but they are terrified that if they give us a good deal, the pressure in some other countries to leave will grow".

But Chris Philp told BBC Newsnight: "That's nonsense".

However, the European Union leaders said upon the completion of the fourth round of negotiations last month, that the progress seen was not enough, but praised a speech by Prime Minister Theresa in Florence, describing it as a step forward.

May's spokeswoman said that the detail of the financial settlement was for the negotiation and that the issue could "only be resolved as part of the settlement of all of the issues that she spoke about in Florence".

"But there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel with (European Council president Donald) Tusk's suggestion of possible trade talks in December". European Union leaders insist progress must be made on Britain's divorce bill, the rights of citizens hit by Brexit and the future state of the Northern Ireland-Ireland border. I don't even understand this problem.

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