The gloves came off in the latest round of Brexit talks, with the European Union asking the U.K. to come clean on the money it owes and British negotiators exasperated at what they see as the EU’s stubbornness.
The stage was set for an intense round of talks in Brussels as the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Brexit Secretary David Davis met for the first time since mid-July and candidly aired their views.
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A plea for the EU to show flexibility and hurry talks along was immediately snubbed by Barnier, who accused Britain of a lack of clarity. The U.K. camp believes negotiations could progress if Barnier’s team didn’t follow its mandate to the letter.
With eight weeks to go until a key EU summit at which the bloc’s leaders will be asked to judge whether the