EU seeks clarity from UK on “divorce bill”

Hauwa Abubakar, UK

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has called for more clarity from the UK regarding issues on citizens’ rights and the “divorce bill”.

Barnier said progress had been made in talks with the lead negotiator for the UK, David Davis in clear areas.

However, he added that there were still differences on how citizens’ residence rights will be “guaranteed” and how it will maintain the common travel area in Ireland.

Barnier who was speaking at a media conference at the end of the second week of talks, said there had been some areas of agreement about how Britons living abroad and EU nationals living in the UK should be treated after Brexit, the BBC reported.

Citizens’ rights

The Chief negotiator also said the EU believed citizens’ rights should be backed by the Court of Justice of the European Union, but Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled that out.

Disagreements also abound on the rights of future family members or the “exports of certain social benefits”, he added.

Also needing clarification, is the UK’s position on settling outstanding debts to the EU when it leaves also known as the “divorce bill” Barnier added.

“As soon as the United Kingdom is prepared to clarify the nature of its commitments we will be prepared to discuss this with the British negotiators,” he said.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said talks had been extensive and that there were promising times ahead.

Earlier, the EU said trading talks would be halted until a good separation agreement was made.

The two sides hold a four-day meeting each month.