BRUSSELS – The European Union's Brexit negotiator says that little progress was made with the U.K. in a fifth round of talks on the country's departure from the EU in March 2019.
Michel Barnier said Thursday that despite the "constructive spirit" shown in this week's negotiations in Brussels, "we haven't made any great steps forward."
Barnier said he would not be able to recommend to EU leaders meeting next week that "sufficient progress" has been made to broaden the talks to future EU-British relations like trade.
The leaders meet in Brussels on Oct. 19-20, and it had been hoped they would widen the talks.
The EU says this can only happen when the financial settlement, the rights of citizens affected by Brexit and the status of the Northern Ireland-Ireland border have advanced.