Brexit talks: EU, Britain say ball is in the other's court

MPs call on May to appoint'no deal secretary

MPs call on May to appoint'no deal secretary

"So I hope our negotiating teams can now reach full agreement quickly", she said.

Danish Finance Minister Kristian Jensen hit out at the constant stalling by Brussels over reaching a deal, which has become a feature of the talks to date, remarking that Prime Minister Theresa May's concessions to the European Union made in her Florence speech should have been enough to shift the deadlock.

But the EU stuck to its terms: "There is a clear sequencing to these talks and there has been so far no solution found on step one, which is the divorce proceedings", European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a regular briefing.

"And as we look forward to the next stage, the ball is in their court".

A report that aerospace manufacturer BAE Systems is planning to cut more than 1,000 jobs did little to ease those concerns that without progress in the talks, firms will start to make staffing and relocation decisions.

May, however, struck a confident tone during her speech on Monday, telling MPs: "I believe we can prove the doomsayers wrong".

- Both sides can only resolve the problem of how much Britain owes the EU if they consider the future EU-UK relationship after the implementation period.

After May's remark that "the ball is in their [the EU's] court" was leaked Sunday night, the European Union hit back immediately, paradoxically quipping that whilst Brexit negotiations are not a ball game, the ball nevertheless remains in Britain's court.

But following the fifth round of talks, Theresa May threatened that Britain will be an "independent trading nation" immediately if EU Brexit negotiations fail.

She also said her government had no intention of revoking Article 50, which triggered the Brexit talks in March this year, and stopping Britain's departure.

United Kingdom business has been calling for this for months, even as recently as the Party Conference season when a number of business groups have said their members fear for the future of the economy while no clear plan for our exit is being discussed.

On Monday May is due to update British lawmakers on developments since her major speech in Florence, Italy, last month.

Asked why she could not say she had changed her mind, given that she was leading the country into Brexit, she replied: "Yes and I'm Prime Minister ensuring I'm going to deliver Brexit for the British people". With British Prime Minister Theresa May due to address parliament, both sides have now said that the other is responsible for making the next move.

Critics have accused the government of failing to prepare for a "no deal" Brexit, which would mean an end to tariff-free trade with the EU.

'Because what we are dealing with here is not rocket science.

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