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Jean-Claude Juncker: The UK government's Brexit position papers are not 'satisfactory'

Jean-Claude Juncker: The UK government's Brexit position papers are not 'satisfactory'”

President Jean-Claude Juncker heaped more pressure on the UK's Brexit stance talks when he said that none of the British position papers published prior to this week's negotiations were "satisfactory".

The move comes as Britain and the European bloc begin the second of four days of talks in Brussels, which form the latest round of discussions about how the pair should unpick their relationship after the UK's vote to leave the EU last July.

Juncker said: "I did read, with the requisite attention, all the papers produced by Her Majesty's government and none of those is actually satisfactory". "So there are huge numbers of questions that need to be settled".

However, the European Union will not allow negotiations to move onto the next stage until "sufficient progress" has been made on three key issues - the Irish border, citizens' rights and Britain's financial obligations, or the "divorce bill" as it's more commonly known.

He added: "We need to be crystal clear that we will commence no negotiations on the new relationship - particularly a new economic and trade relationship - between the United Kingdom and the European Union before all these questions are resolved". "We can not mix these issues up".

Mr Juncker added: "First of all we settle the past before we look forward to the future".

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'So there is still an enormous amount of issues which remain to be settled.

British negotiators, of whom over 100 were taking part in up to five separate forums at the European Union headquarters, presented their legal assessment of an European Union demand that Juncker has said might leave London paying Brussels some 60 billion euros ($72 billion) - a sum May's ministers have dismissed as unacceptable.

Mr Davis and Mr Barnier met on Monday at the start of the latest round of talks which highlighted differences between Brussels and Whitehall over the negotiating papers produced by the UK. "We'll see where we get to on Thursday, but we believe we're in a good position, and would like to move on to discuss our future relationship".

"I believe we should reflect on better relations with Russian Federation".

The spokeswoman said: "There are lots of issues there where we believe you can't separate withdrawal from future relationship, and that's what we're seeking to agree by October council - that we can move on to talk about our future relationship".



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