This week Theresa May flew to Brussels for emergency talks after negations failed to move forward, but downing street played down the trip insisting the visit had been in the diary for some weeks.
Theresa May met EU leaders and other EU Officials and claimed that talks had been productive, however she suggested there was “some way to go,” but that she was “optimistic”.
Her visit comes at a turbulent time in the Brexit’s negations, after the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said the talks had been in “deadlock” for some weeks.
Progress had been slow after both sides disagreed on the so-called divorce bill, and the financial commitment the UK would have to pay before the negations could move onto trade talks, and the future relationship the UK would have with the EU post Brexit.
Influential French President Emmanuel Macron, has waded into the deadlock, warning “there was still much work to be done on the financial commitment before trade talks can begin.”
European Council President Donald Tusk, has tried to diffuse tensions speaking at a press conference, suggesting that the deadlock over Brexit negotiations may have been “exaggerated “by the press.
He said Progress was “not sufficient” to begin trade talks with the UK but added that it “doesn’t mean there is no progress at all.”
EU leaders will discuss the issue at their next summit, which could lead to trade being discussed possibly in December.
Mays secret deal ?
Theresa May has been criticised this week after it is rumoured that she has privately reassured EU leaders that the UK would not leave a black hole in the EU budget, by promising a figure of over 20 billion Euros as the UK leaves.
This is likely to anger many of her back benchers who already question her leadership and many leave voters will feel betrayed after the campaign promise that the UK would not pay a penny for leaving.
Mrs May was asked at the press conference in Brussels, where she did not deny it or reject the idea the UK could have to pay around 60 billion euros.
Whatever the rumours there is still not set figure on the table of how much the UK will have to pay in settling its accounts.