EU Parliament lawmakers discussed Brexit with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Strasbourg ahead of an EU27 summit in Brussels. The general consensus: there isn't enough progress to proceed to the next stage of negotiations.
Brexit: a subject with so many sticking points, phase two of negotiations remains elusive. The top question, I think, for the moment is whom should I call in London? Who speaks for the government? Theresa May, Boris Johnson or even David Davis? There are three main subjects concerns: firstly the citizens -4.5 million people- then Ireland and also the financial settlement. These three subjects go together. Let's give the same rights to EU citizens living in the UK as they have now. And let's do exactly the same for UK citizens living on the continent. I'm asking myself why we are still discussing this. We will not accept to have citizens of first and second class and we demand the same engagement from London. Turning to Ireland and its unique situation, both sides are certainly close in terms of principles and continued support for the Good Friday Agreement. But this is, however, not enough in terms of certainty. We will explore how to give the legal protection to the Good Friday Agreement in the withdrawal agreement. We need to avoid a physical barrier between Ireland and Northern Ireland. I'm pleased that Prime Minister May and her team recognise that the UK has financial obligations which it must respect. How can she say on the one hand that there will no border and on the other hand that she will take out the United Kingdom from the customs union, from the single market and from the jurisdiction of the ECJ? This will create a border. All I can say once again is, thank God we're leaving. The EU27 leaders are set to assess the progress of Brexit negotiations in an upcoming summit. Parliament's approval is needed for any withdrawal agreement.