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Johnson calls for EU 'urgency' over stalled Brexit talks

AFP  |  London 

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson put the onus on the European Union today to break the deadlock in Brexit talks, saying was "looking for some urgency" in Brussels.

A fifth round of negotiations broke up earlier in the day without major progress, fuelling fears that will leave the bloc in March 2019 without an agreement to soften the blow.


"We think that we have made some very helpful suggestions to get the great ship moving down the slipway and onto the open seas, that's what we all want to see," Johnson told reporters at a press conference in

"We see no reason why that should not take place. We're looking for some urgency from our friends and partners, and it's time to put a bit of a tiger in the tank and get this thing done."

Johnson, who was a leading voice for Brexit in Britain's referendum last year, said he remained "very optimistic" that a deal could be done.

negotiator Michel Barnier said today that and the bloc are stuck in a "disturbing deadlock" over London's financial settlement, although a breakthrough remains possible over the next two months.

He told reporters in Brussels that he could not recommend to leaders at a summit next week that negotiations move on from divorce issues to talks on a post-Brexit trade deal.

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First Published: Thu, October 12 2017. 21:48 IST
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