Michel Barnier

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EU gives UK two-week deadline on Brexit divorce bill

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The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has set the British government a deadline of two weeks to give “vital” clarification on the financial commitments it is willing to honour, at the end of a sixth round of Brexit talks that offered scant evidence of any progress.

Brexit war of words heats up as 'enemy' EU tells Britain to pay up

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The row over Britain’s Brexit divorce bill descended into the rhetoric of war on Friday, as Philip Hammond described Brussels as the “enemy” and Jean-Claude Juncker said any gratitude for the UK’s military defence of the continent did not exempt it from paying its dues, insisting: “Now they have to pay.”

Barnier's body language reveals futility and deadlock at Brexit talks

Michel Barnier

“Here we are again,” said Michel Barnier, with more than a hint of resignation. “The same two people ... ” Neither of whom could quite bring themselves to look each other in the eye. Five rounds into Britain’s Brexit negotiations with the EU and Barnier and David Davis have all but given up making any pretence that the talks have made much progress. The body language is now as poor as the language itself.

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