United Kingdom said to ask European Union for more Brexit negotiating rounds

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It was hoping the papers would persuade the European Union that talks about the future relationship should be brought forward, arguing that divorce issues such as the Irish border will be easier to settle once the terms of a trade deal are clear.

The EU will not allow negotiations to move onto the next stage until "sufficient progress" has been made on three key issues, one of which is the amount the United Kingdom will pay when it leaves, alongside the Irish border and citizens' rights.

It will be decided in October if enough progress has been made from the current negotiations to press on towards the next stage.

With the third round of negotiations between David Davis and Michel Barnier underway Mr Burns account sent several tweets directed at Mr Barnier's account, each an hour apart, all telling him to "publish now" the legal basis for his demands for payment.

Earlier this month, UK Prime Minister Theresa May presented her view of Brexit to head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, who said the papers are not "satisfactory".

British public are overwhelmingly opposed to the government agreeing a large Brexit divorce bill with the EU.

A senior government source said British negotiators have peppered European Union officials with queries about the legal principles Brussels believes should be used to calculate the final exit bill. "This is necessary to make sufficient progress", Barnier said.

United Kingdom said to ask European Union for more Brexit negotiating rounds

The European Commission didn't seem to think at first that the so-called "Brexit bill" would be much of an issue.

"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", Mr Juncker said.

"The talks this week are technical, before we move on to more substantive talks in September".

No 10 rejected Juncker's comments - and doubled down on Davis's insistence that talks on a trade deal should take place alongside settling withdrawal issues, including the size of any financial settlement.

"We can not mix these issues up", he said.

His rebuke to the approach being taken by Prime Minister Theresa May and Brexit Secretary David Davis came after Brussels' chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said he was concerned about the lack of clarity and insisted "we must start negotiating seriously".

The U.K.is due to leave the European Union by the end of March 2019 after deciding in 2016 to exit the bloc after 44 years of membership.

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