The United Kingdom must clarify its position on the main issues of EU exit at the next round of final round of negotiations at the end of August, said Michel Barnier, European Commission’s Brexit chief negotiator in Brussels on Thursday.
Following the conclusion of the second round of consultations under Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, Barnier stated that London should clarify its position on the UK’s financial liabilities against the EU against London, and then consultations on this issue could be started.
The negotiator said that there are “fundamental differences” between the parties in terms of guaranteeing citizenship rights, which, according to the committee, must be guaranteed by the European Union court after the withdrawal, but the British Government does not accept it.
At a joint press conference, Britain’s Brexit Minister David Davis called the second round of the rescission negotiations on Monday. He emphasized that the parties have differing views on the process of leaving in several issues but are satisfied with the progress that has been made.
As you said, constructive discussions have taken place at the right pace, but “it is clear that there is still much to be discussed”.
He added that both parties are aware of the importance of managing financial obligations. However, he did not give a clear answer as to whether his country accepts the existence of financial obligations towards the Union, all that has been said is that the United Kingdom “recognizes its international responsibilities and rights”.
“We need flexibility on both sides,” he said.
David Davis only attended Monday and Thursday, Tuesday and Wednesday without the British delegation of nearly a hundred delegates in Brussels.
The leaders of the “Twenty-Two” after Brexit will decide in October whether negotiations on major exit issues are proceeding at an appropriate pace in order to begin negotiations on trade.
Under Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, membership of the Union ends two years after the date of entry into force of the exit agreement or, failing that, the intention to leave (29 March 2017), but the resignation negotiations may be extended by consensus of Member States.
In the United Kingdom last June, a referendum was held on the country’s EU membership, with 52% of voters voting.