European Council President sets December deadline for UK's Brexit talks progress

Theresa May to be told 'trade talks not a given' in Donald Tusk meeting in Sweden

Hurry Up! EU Leaders Warn UK Risks Missing Brexit December Deadline

Donald Tusk said "much more progress" was needed in negotiations.

Brexit negotiations are bogged down over preliminary issues, and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator has warned that progress must be made within the next week, by November 24, to have any hope of broadening the talks this year.

The European Council president has mocked David Davis 's "English sense of humour" after the Brexit secretary suggested the EU must compromise in order to allow Brexit talks to progress. "It's very important to them", Davis told BBC radio.

"Of course they are saying that (more money is needed before progress) but the other thing that is also clear is that many of them do want to move on".

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said there is no chance of progress unless he gets clear guarantees that Brexit will not result in any new barriers between his country and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.

"I think it would be in all of our interests that we proceed to phase two in December", he said.

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Theresa May has been told she has two weeks to put more money on the table if the European Union is to agree to begin Brexit trade talks before the end of the year. "Sometimes it doesn't seem like they've thought all of this through".

"We've agreed that good progress has been made".

"In order to avoid any ambiguities about our calendar I made it very clear to Prime Minister May that this progress needs to happen at the beginning of December at the latest. I hope that we will be able to come to an agreement as far as the divorce is concerned at the December council but work has still to be done", European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said.

Last week, EU Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier warned that only two weeks remainfor London to meet Brussels' conditions on the divorce bill, EU citizens' rights and the Irish border.

On Thursday night Davis warned members of the European Union not to put "politics before prosperity" in negotiations as Britain at an economic conference in Berlin.

So far progress in the three areas has been insufficient, raising the prospect that divorce talks will drag on to next year without starting discussions on a future relationship, as companies need to make strategic business decisions now.

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