European Union plans Brexit summit gesture, May hints on cash

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The European Commission president's warning comes as the EU's 27 leaders prepare next week to begin internal discussions, without Britain, on trade after Brexit.

Despite economic development in EU Member States, economic situation of Union is still "fragile", says Juncker, EU should focus on integration to be more effective and overcome demographic problems Said. That's the reason why this process will take longer than initially thought.

On the question of Britain's "divorce bill" - which he previously suggested could come to around £50 billion - Mr 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". On the question of how much Britain has to pay to settle its financial commitments, he said: "We have reached a state of deadlock, which is disturbing".

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Tusk, who met Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron in a week when he has spoken to nearly all other European Union leaders including May, offered a draft text saying there is not enough progress but welcoming the advances there have been and flagging a hope that the next summit in December could open trade talks.

While hardliners would prefer less or no talk of a future after Brexit and more about demanding money, others are keen to give May, beleaguered at home, something to show for the effort to compromise she displayed in a speech at Florence last month.

The British government is under pressure from euroskeptic lawmakers to increase planning for a "no deal" Brexit, in which the United Kingdom leaves the bloc without a trade agreement.

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Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC: "The Tories' Repeal Bill is simply not fit for objective. Nigel Lawson was a great chancellor in the 1980s, but that was 30 or 40 years ago, and he certainly doesn't speak for the modern Parliamentary Conservative Party".

It has also made it clear the issue of independence was one for Spain. "The details are for negotiations".

"But there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel with (European Council president Donald) Tusk's suggestion of possible trade talks in December".

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The EU says this can only happen when there has been progress on the issues of the financial settlement, the rights of citizens affected by Brexit and the status of the Northern Ireland- Ireland border. I don't like this, "he said".

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