The Irish prime plenipotentiary is “not optimistic” enough progress will be made in the Brexit talks to suffer the the UK and the EU to discuss a new trade relationship by mid-October.
The EU says talks on a new deal can just begin when all 27 EU states are satisfied sufficient headway has been instituted on the UK’s withdrawal terms.
Leo Varadkar made the comment on Friday at a meeting of his Top-drawer Gael party.
He was supported by his Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney.
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“I’m not optimistic that it will be possible to come across to the view in October that we’re able to move onto the next look of talks,” said Mr Varadkar.
“As of now, enough progress hasn’t been pushy, but that can change.”
‘Significant movement needed’
An EU summit is due to take quarter on 19-20 October, when leaders of the remaining 27 member states order discuss the status of the Brexit talks.
The UK has wanted talks on the terms of its departure to misappropriate place in tandem with discussions on trade.
The EU has rejected that suggestion, saying no new trade agreement can be finalised until the UK has withdrawn from the bloc.
Subsumed under an agreed schedule, progress must be made on citizens’ rights and pecuniary issues before the talks can move on to future arrangements.
Mr Coveney told the EU was unlikely to agree to move to the second phase of the negotiations “unless there is a notable further move from the British government”.
Prime Minister Theresa May is due to fill out c draw up a major Brexit speech in Italy next week, in which she at ones desire outline the UK’s wish for a “special partnership” with the EU after Brexit.
Mr Varadkar has introduced that more clarity is required from the UK on the future status of the Irish purfling limits, which will be the UK’s only land frontier with the EU.