Miracles are needed for progress on Brexit talks, says Juncker

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She had hoped that a speech she made at Florence on Friday would unblock the three-month-old talks and paving the way for the European Union to open discussions on a post-Brexit free trade deal by allowing Barnier to tell European Union leaders that there is "sufficient progress" on three key "divorce" issues - rights for expatriate citizens, the Northern Irish border and how much Britain owes.

"By the end of October we will not have sufficient progress", he said.

"We have had a constructive week, yes, but we are not yet there in terms of achieving sufficient progress".

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that it could still be months before both sides can actually proceed to discuss trade.

Britain had aimed to make a breakthrough at a summit in Brussels on October 19-20.

But by focusing on defense in Tallinn, May will want to show that Britain has something to offer its European neighbors and will say she is ready to share British expertise - including through the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) - to help EU nations build up their own cyber-security capability.

She highlighted the fact that Britain and the European Union start with identical regulatory standards and said she wanted "a practical approach to regulation that enables us to continue to work together in bringing shared prosperity to our peoples".

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Miracles are needed for progress on Brexit talks, says Juncker

Mr Davis pursued a more combative tone than his boss and his team didn't go far enough to clarify the concessions Mrs May offered in the speech, according to the person, who asked not to be named as the discussions were private.

Downing Street said Mrs Merkel welcomed the Prime Minister's Florence speech and they had agreed on the need to settle the issue of citizens' rights "at the earliest opportunity". Those include 3 million European Union citizens living in Britain and 1 million Britons living on the continent.

Even so, both sides said some progress had been made.

"NATO remains the bedrock of our collective security, and there is no clearer demonstration of the UK's unconditional commitment to Europe's defence than the 800 British troops now in Tapa, leading a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation battlegroup and standing shoulder to shoulder with their Estonian, French and soon their Danish counterparts too", said the United Kingdom prime minister, who will visit United Kingdom soldiers stationed in Tapa along with French President Emmanuel Macron and Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas.

"And our determination to defend the stability, security and prosperity of our European neighbours and friends remains steadfast". "Not only is this important for our economy, it is the right thing to do", the duo said. Barnier said Thursday that progress had been made but a "big gap" remained in some areas.

"I made that speech to give momentum to the talks and I think we have seen that being shown in the talks that have taken place this week, and further progress has been made", May said on Friday morning.

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