Deadlock over UK's Brexit bill, says EU's Michel Barnier

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Media captionMichel Barnier: ‘We’ve reached a state of deadlock which is very disturbing’

The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier says there has not been enough progress to move to the next stage of Brexit talks as the UK wants.

He said there was “new momentum” in the process but there was still “deadlock” over how much the UK pays when it leaves, which he called “disturbing”.

Mr Davis said the UK still wanted to be given the green light for trade talks when EU leaders meet next week.

The pair were speaking after the fifth round of Brexit talks in Brussels.

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Mr Barnier said: “I am not able in the current circumstances to propose next week to the European Council that we should start discussions on the future relationship.”

The UK’s Brexit Secretary David Davis urged EU leaders at the summit, on 19 and 20 October, to give Mr Barnier a mandate…

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