Little progress made on any Brexit issue

Cheryl Sanders
May 15, 2018

Mr Coveney said: "Nobody is saying everything has to be resolved by the end of June but we certainly need to see a solution on the Irish border backstop issue taking shape by the end of June".

"What we need to do is, as she said, come out of the customs union in such a way as to enable us to have frictionless trade with no hard border in Northern Ireland and to do unhindered, unimpeded free-trade deals with the rest of the world", said Mr Johnson.

The EU has set October as the final deadline for a deal to be finalised.

Speaking after Mr Barnier's address to the General Affairs Council, Bulgarian deputy prime minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said: "What the United Kingdom proposed doesn't mean there is no hard border. The clock is ticking", German EU Minister Michael Roth told his EU peers meeting in Brussels.

"Time is passing. We must now make substantial progress".

"We are concerned about the lack of a clear approach, a clear position from the British".

At home, Mrs May is stuck between a rock and a hard place with staunch Brexit supporters pushing to sever ties with the European Union and others advocating keeping close customs cooperation with the bloc to reduce frictions in future trade.

May's spokesman said London was working on two options for post-Brexit customs cooperation.

Under a customs partnership, the United Kingdom would collect tariffs for Brussels. Under a second idea, for a streamlined customs arrangement, traders on an approved list would be able to cross borders freely with the aid of automated technology. "Our citizens and our businesses on both sides of the channel need more security and predictability for the future".

But the European Union has said London must come up with a solution for the Irish border conundrum and highlights that has not happened.

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The Brexit schedule is tightening, Brussels sources said, which helps the European Union to pile pressure on London before the June summit but is mostly due to lack of real progress in the talks.

"I trust he finished the job earlier this morning but unfortunately this does leave us with his own insane mad-max propose. - max fac proposal".

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