May seeks Brexit momentum with promise to European Union nationals in UK

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 19, 2017

To move on to next phase of talks - over the future relationship and a possible transition deal - the European Union needs to assess the progress of the first phase, which covers the terms of the divorce, including, most notably, the rights of citizens, the status of the Northern Irish border with Ireland and a financial settlement.

EU President Donald Tusk warned that he did "not expect any kind of breakthrough" at the summit, saying that while there had been "promising progress" London needed to come up with more concrete proposals. There will also be bilateral meetings with the Italian, Swedish and Portuguese Prime Ministers.

Britain's exit bill is the most poisonous issue.

The prime minister made a speech on Brexit in Florence last month, offering some concessions on the money and the rights of around three million European citizens living in Britain.

Germany and France insist that there should be no impact on the EU's budget from Britain's departure. That's why it's in all our interests to increase the pressure for real progress in the current talks and move on to negotiations about our future trading relationship.

The Times newspaper meanwhile said Britain was balking at a seven billion euro "rip off" created by inflating the cost of pension liabilities.

The European Council will discuss the progress of the Brexit talks at its October summit.

However, European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani - whose institution will have a final veto on any Brexit deal - told the BBC on Tuesday that "20 billion is peanuts".

The summit takes place over two days, including a special session on Brexit on Friday morning from which May will be excluded.

"EU citizens who have made their lives in the United Kingdom have made a huge contribution to our country".

The leaders will also deal with foreign affairs including Turkey, the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons and US President Donald Trump's refusal to certify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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