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Belgium: 'Accounts must be settled' – EU's Barnier demands UK 'clarity' over Brexit bill03:07

Belgium: 'Accounts must be settled' – EU's Barnier demands UK 'clarity' over Brexit bill

Belgium, Brussels
July 20, 2017 at 14:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

European Commission's Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier said that a "clarification of the UK position is indispensable" for the EU to make progress in Brexit negotiations, speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Thursday, following the second round of Article 50 negotiations.

"What we are working on, is an orderly withdrawal as the United Kingdom has decided," Barnier said, before adding, "an orderly withdrawal means that accounts must be settled."

Barnier went on to say that "as soon as the United Kingdom is ready to clarify the nature of its commitments, we will be prepared to discuss this with the British negotiators."

On his end, UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis said he was "encouraged" by the "progress" scored in this round of negotiations, especially the shared “understanding” of “each other's positions on citizen's rights, [and] the financial settlement.”

"We conducted this round constructively and at pace, and I hope this is a model we can continue going forward," Davis said.

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European Commission's Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier said that a "clarification of the UK position is indispensable" for the EU to make progress in Brexit negotiations, speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Thursday, following the second round of Article 50 negotiations.

"What we are working on, is an orderly withdrawal as the United Kingdom has decided," Barnier said, before adding, "an orderly withdrawal means that accounts must be settled."

Barnier went on to say that "as soon as the United Kingdom is ready to clarify the nature of its commitments, we will be prepared to discuss this with the British negotiators."

On his end, UK Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis said he was "encouraged" by the "progress" scored in this round of negotiations, especially the shared “understanding” of “each other's positions on citizen's rights, [and] the financial settlement.”

"We conducted this round constructively and at pace, and I hope this is a model we can continue going forward," Davis said.

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