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Top Brexit Lawmaker Says Not Enough Progress in Talks

Top Brexit Lawmaker Says Not Enough Progress in Talks”

Britain said it was unconditionally committed to maintaining European security, in a document on Tuesday setting out details of the relationship it wants to have with the European Union after Brexit.

But EU officials say they can not move on to discuss a future relationship until "sufficient progress" has been made on three priority areas - the rights of expatriates, Britain's border with EU state Ireland and a financial settlement.

Guy Verhofstadt told reporters in Strasbourg that Ms May and MEPs should have an "open dialogue" with MEPs to discuss the issues because the European Parliament would ultimately have a vote on whether to agreed the final deal.

The Conference of Presidents is a behind-closed-doors meeting that only includes the leaders of the European Parliament's political groups.

MEPs are set to vote on a motion early next month about whether there has been enough progress, Verhofstadt said, adding: "at the moment, everyone can see that isn't the case".

"After we leave the European Union we will continue to face shared threats to our security, our shared values and our way of life", Brexit minister David Davis said.

A new proposal on the re-distribution of Parliament's seats, discussed by the Constitutional Affairs Committee on Monday evening, suggests cutting 51 of the 73 United Kingdom seats from the Parliament after Brexit, bringing the institution down from 751 to 700 elected representatives.

"I'm very pleased that Mrs May has accepted the invitation of the European Parliament to come to the European Parliament, as you know since the beginning of the year there was a standing invitation to address the European Parliament", he said. "I think she had more to lose than win by coming". "It can only be helpful", he said on Twitter.

In a vote after midnight, lawmakers agreed to allow the European Union withdrawal bill to continue its progress through Parliament, by 326 votes to 290.

Brussels insists Britain can not "cherry pick" benefits of EU membership, such as the single market, while opting out of things it doesn't like, such as open immigration of European nationals.

Such a policy statement by May, whose divided ministers have lately spoken more unanimously in favour of such a transition, would not in itself mean a shift in the negotiating stance on "divorce" issues, such as expatriates' rights, how much Britain will pay on leaving or land border controls with Ireland.

Greens leader Philippe Lambaerts said that May "gives me the impression of being, to use an English expression, out of her depth".



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