United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May is due to hold meetings with key European Union figures in Belgium to discuss the progress of Brexit.
Mrs May will seek to further Brexit negotiations on trade since deals on the UK withdrawal bill and citizens’ rights had been reached last weekend.
May will meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels to discuss the progress of UK’s withdrawal from EU.
The prime minister’s visit coincides with the deadline set by European Council President Donald Tusk for the prime minister to bring an improved offer on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
The UK wants to advance the negotiations on trade but the bloc demands sufficient progress on the other issues to be made before discussing the trade agreement.
The majority of British voted for leaving the EU last year and the UK government is due to fulfill the mandate in March 2019, but negotiations between the UK and the EU have not yet reached a compromise.
Brexit Secretary David Davis will accompany Prime Minister May for the talks with key EU leaders.
Downing Street claimed the meeting as an important chapter on the route to the summit with the other 27 European leaders in the middle of December when it hopes trade talks would have been started.
However, Mr Tusk emphasized the negotiations cannot move on to the next stage until after the border issue between Northern Ireland and the Republic is clearly set.
Thus far, the negotiations have been focused on citizens’ rights, the amount of money the UK will pay and the future of the Irish border.
On the divorce bill, the UK reportedly has met the EU demand by increasing its offer to worth up to £44 billion GBP ($59 billion USD).
Meanwhile, the Irish government is seeking to clarity on the frictionless border the UK wants to establish so customs checks are not needed.
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