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European Union president Juncker says Brexit will take longer than initially thought

European Union president Juncker says Brexit will take longer than initially thought”

As we cannot do this, we will not be able to say during the European Council in October that now we can move to the second phase of the negotiations, which means the shaping of the British-European future.

On the question of Britain's "divorce bill" - which he previously suggested could come to around £50 billion - Juncker said: "We can't find for the time being a real compromise as far as the remaining financial commitments of the United Kingdom are concerned".

The EU is insisting that both sides make headway to settling "separation" issues - what will happen to the Northern Ireland border, the divorce bill, and EU citizens living in the United Kingdom - before trade talks can take place.

Speaking at a forum in Luxembourg today, Juncker told media how he was "very worried" about separatist tendencies in Europe and did not want Catalonia to become independent as it would encourage other regions to do the same: "If we allow Catalonia - and it is none of our business - to separate, others will do the same. I do not want that", Jean Claude Juncker said in a speech at Luxembourg University.

However, the European Union leaders said upon the completion of the fourth round of negotiations last month, that the progress seen was not enough, but praised a speech by Prime Minister Theresa in Florence, describing it as a step forward. They have to pay.

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He said: "If you are sitting at a bar and ordering 28 beers and then suddenly some of your colleagues are leaving, it's ok but they have to pay, they have to pay". I am not in a revenge way. "But now they have to pay". I'm not hating the British.

"Europeans have to be grateful for so many things that Britain has brought to Europe, during war after war, before, everywhere and every time".

On Thursday Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator said he did not believe "sufficient progress" had been made in the three areas to proceed to trade talks.

The issue of citizens' rights is one of the main issues to be dealt with during the negotiations, along with the land borders between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and Gibraltar and Spain.



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