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Michel Barnier during a news conference after a meeting of EU finance ministers at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator has lamented a lack of developments in the third round of Brexit negotiations, saying that no “decisive progress” has been made on any principal subjects.
Michel Barnier said Thursday that the three-day talks in Brussels with his British counterpart David Davis, and their respective delegations, had secured “useful clarification on a number of points,” but insisted that both sides remain far from agreeing a final deal ahead of the U.K.’s departure from the EU.
“We did not get any decisive progress on any of the principal subjects,” Barnier told reporters, referring to the key issues of citizens’ rights and the U.K.’s Brexit bill.
Barnier said that some progress had been made on the Northern Irish border, but added that he would like to “step up and intensify the rhythm of negotiations” to ensure greater progress is made.
Britain is scheduled to leave the EU at midnight on March 29, 2019.
“At the current state of progress, we’re quite far from being able to say that sufficient progress has been made,” Barnier noted.