Parties push for more progress as Brexit talks resume

Parties push for more progress as Brexit talks resume

More than 70% of voters think it would be unacceptable for Britain to agree to pay a bill of more than £30 billion as part of its withdrawal from the EU.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has openly stated that she would take the country out of the European Union even if she fails to strike a deal with the bloc, but Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has asked for a softer approach that involves retaining Britain's access to the EU's tariff-free single market.

But on Saturday, its Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, said that "the glacial pace of progress in the first two rounds of talks have helped puncture this illusion" that a new relationship with the European Union could be delivered within two years.

But Tory MP Jacob Rees Mogg told The Sun: "Mr Juncker's effort to extort money from us shows he is an amateur even at blackmail".

The third round started badly, with negotiators on both sides barely able to hide their frustration.

"And the sooner we remove the ambiguity the sooner we will be in a position to discuss the future relationship and to a transitional period", Barnier said. European lawmakers will have to approve any separation agreement at the end of the Brexit negotiations.

The spokesman also said it is now time to move on to the next port of discussion.

His rebuke over the approach taken by Mrs May and Brexit Secretary David Davis came after the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said he was concerned about the lack of clarity and insisted: 'We must start negotiating seriously'.

Meanwhile, Labor's new Brexit stance was branded chaotic by one of the party's Leave-supporting MPs.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday (Aug 29) said Turkey was fully to blame for the breakdown of its EU accession talks and warned Ankara was fast withdrawing from Europe, Channel News Asia reports in its article EU's Juncker says Turkey leaving Europe by "giant steps".

He said the United Kingdom "hesitates showing all its cards" and added: "I did read all the papers produced by Her Majesty's Government and none of those is actually satisfactory. It depends on Russian Federation, it depends on us", Juncker said.

"That's why Labour has adopted the sensible and responsible position of recognising that Britain needs a strong transitional deal on the same basic terms as now - including staying within the single market and within a customs union with the EU".

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