Barnier Tells EU Governments `Not Much Progress' in Brexit Talks

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BBCThe campaign for the reunification of Ireland has grown since the Brexit vote

When Mike Hosking Breakfast last visited London, it was for the Brexit vote to decide whether or not the United Kingdom would stay in the European Union.

May's spokesman, however, said the "focus is on getting this right" rather than meeting a deadline.

Zakharieva, who chaired the meeting as part of Bulgaria holding the six-month rotating presidency, said that the ministers are looking forward to more intensive engagement by the United Kingdom government in the coming weeks. "What is worrying us in particular is the Northern Ireland question where we expect a substantial accommodation from the British side".

The European Commission has started to exclude Britain and its companies from sensitive future work on Galileo ahead of the country's exit from the EU in a year's time.

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"We need now to be making substantial progress, but that is not happening".

At home, Mrs May is stuck between a rock and a hard place with staunch Brexit supporters pushing to sever ties with the European Union and others advocating keeping close customs cooperation with the bloc to reduce frictions in future trade.

But Britain has also said it will not enter into a customs union with the EU post-Brexit and has been urged to find a solution to reconcile the two positions.

She was sceptical about UK Prime Minister Theresa May's idea to use smart border technology to enable an open border between the EU and the UK even if the latter leaves the customs union.

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Barnier later said that there had been "a little, not very little progress" but warned that more was urgently needed.

"I wish above anything that we get a concrete proposal".

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