Johnson calls for European Union 'urgency' over stalled Brexit talks

David Davis and Michel Barnier

David Davis and Michel Barnier

There has not been enough progress to move on in Brexit negotiations, the EU's chief negotiator said on Thursday.

"We're looking for some urgency from our friends and partners, time to put a bit of a tiger in the tank and get this thing done", he told reporters.

However, the European Union leaders said upon the completion of the fourth round of negotiations last month, that the progress seen was not enough, but praised a speech by Prime Minister Theresa in Florence, describing it as a step forward.

U.K. Brexit Secretary and negotiator David Davis said progress was made on the citizens' rights, one of the key points in negotiations.

But he added: 'This week, however, the United Kingdom repeated that it was still not ready to spell out these commitments.

British prime minister Theresa May said last month in her keynote Florence speech that the European Union countries should not pay more or receive less from the European Union budget after Brexit, and said commitments made by the United Kingdom as a member would be honoured.

'On this question we have reached a state of deadlock which is very disturbing for thousands of project promoters in Europe and it's disturbing also for taxpayers'.

"There is a new momentum and I remain convinced today, with the political will, decisive progress is within our grasp within the next two months", he said.

"I make no secret of the fact that to provide certainty we must talk about the future, I hope the leaders of the 27 will provide Michel with the means to explore ways forward with us on that".

For his part, Davis urged the council to give Barnier the mandate he needs, in order to "build on the spirit of cooperation we now have".

"But today I can confirm that we want to reassure those European citizens living in the United Kingdom that their rights and status will be enshrined in UK law by the Withdrawal Agreement", Davis added.

He, however, told newsmen that he would follow a mandate ruling out any discussion of the future before issues arising from Britain's past membership are settled and said it was important to respect the "sequencing".

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