European Union lawmakers say insufficient progress in Brexit talks

Juncker proposed a dinner with the leaders of the four "Visegrad group" nations in Brussels on October 18, ahead of an European Union summit on October 19-20, citing the need to build "a more united, stronger and more democratic Europe" despite Britain's exit.

The minister gave his support to the EU's Chief Brexit Negotiator, the Frenchman Michel Barnier, supporting "entirely [Barnier's] approach.which consists in saying that until we have settled this problem.we can not move onto the other issues".

But earlier on Tuesday, the European Parliament passed a non-binding motion calling on EU leaders to conclude at a summit on October 19-20 that Brexit talks had not made sufficient progress to justify opening trade negotiations with Britain.

"An opportunity to make sure that all the decisions about the future of this country are taken by our parliament, our courts, our institutions", he said, describing Brexit.

The UK wants to move on to discuss trade but the EU wants to settle terms of the divorce first, specifically how much Britain will pay for commitments made before it leaves, citizens' rights and Northern Ireland's border with the Republic which will become the only UK/EU land frontier.

The Parliament approved a resolution that "sufficient progress has not yet been made" on citizens' rights, Irish relations and financial obligations to allow for the talks to incorporate a future trade and security relation, as Britain has been seeking.

While the European Parliament has little say in the negotiations now, it will eventually play a crucial role as it has a final veto on any deal for Britain's departure from the bloc on March 29, 2019.

Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary and a favorite among party members, in the closing speech of the day, described Brexit as "a democratic revolution" that will usher in "a cultural and technological and commercial renaissance" in Britain.

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker has invited the leaders of four eastern European countries to a dinner, according to a letter seen by Reuters, in an effort to ease tensions between them and wealthier western member states.

It "takes note" of her offer to pay into European Union coffers during the transition but bemoans "the absence of clear proposals" and sets out further "financial obligations".

The "referent" Brexit Parliament, the liberal Guy Verhofstadt has pointed out the "lack of unity" among the British, which hinders the good progress of the negotiations.

EU leaders are due to deliver their verdict at the European Council meeting later this month on whether there has been sufficient progress in the talks to move on to phase two: the U.K.'s future relationship with the bloc.

"Who do I call London: Theresa May?".

Commenting on the way the Cabinet was handling the Brexit issue, he added: "I think it's easier if we are all on a very strict script, it's very clear that the Prime Minister is in charge of this process". Who speaks for the government?

He said: "The sensible ground is to say we are leaving, we're best to go for a managed exit rather than a chaotic exit and for Britain to continue to argue our case".

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