Juncker: No talks on new ties before Brexit issues settled

Labour's new soft Brexit policy could create electoral problems

"We must start negotiating seriously".

The third round of high-level talks is ongoing this week and Juncker reinforced the comments of his chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday that the May's government is too slow out of the blocks and that key separation issues need to be settled before both sides can assess a future trade and political relationship.

The Labour Party says the ruling Conservative Party's Brexit position — taking Britain out of the European Union single market immediately after March 2019, when Britain formally leaves the bloc — would be "unnecessary" and "a highly risky path to take".

Talks on trade will likely be delayed until the winter, as the United Kingdom refuses to admit that it is liable to pay a divorce bill, blocking progress in negotiations.

Through his statement, Barnier made clear that he does not share the view that negotiations can go on with Brexit Secretary David Davies in the spirit of "constructive ambiguity". "And the sooner we remove the ambiguity, the sooner we will be in a position to discuss the future relationship and to a transitional period".

Under the Labour Party's approach to Brexit, Britain would continue paying into the EU and accept continued free movement during a transitional period, Corbyn said, adding that Britain could remain in both the European Single Market and the European Customs Union indefinitely if the EU agrees to reform free movement.

As Barnier said he was "ready to intensify negotiations", Davis replied that the Brits were "ready to roll up [their] sleeves".

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Reports said that the Dera chief broke down in court and pleaded for leniency while the judge was reading out the sentence. Defence counsel sought leniency from the court arguing that Ram Rahim was active in social work and had health issues.

On Monday, the UK's Daily Telegraph reported that the European Union "could be open to a Brexit climbdown over trade talks amid revolt led by France", prompting the French governmen to issue a denial.

Senior EU officials last week slammed the UK's recent position paper on Ireland.

"There is still an enormous amount of issues that remain to be settled", he said.

The EU has said that "sufficient progress" has to be made on a divorce deal - particularly its top three priorities of citizens' rights, the Irish Border and the UK's budget obligations - before the talks can move on to trade, which negotiators had initially hoped to do by October.

Since the last round of talks, the UK Government has published a large number of papers covering important issues related to our withdrawal, and our vision for the deep and special partnership we want with the European Union in the future.

He said this will "require flexibility and imagination from both sides". The head of the Federation of German Industries - an influential group in the EU's biggest economy - said that "appreciable progress can hardly be expected" during four days of talks this week.

But Mr Juncker told the ambassador's conference on Tuesday morning: "I would like to be clear that I did read with the requisite attention all the papers produced by Her Majesty's government and none of those is actually satisfactory".

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