Speech by Michel Barnier following the sixth round of Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for the interest you show in this negotiation.

Do not expect from us today, at this stage, announcements or decisions.

The discussions over the past days – in between the two European Councils – are a moment of deepening, clarification and technical work.

We are determined to reach a deal on the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, in view of the UK’s decision to leave.

This is our absolute priority – as well as mine and my team’s – in view of the European Council on 14 and 15 December.

The decisions and guidelines of the European Council, particularly last month, and the resolutions of the European

Parliament guide me every day in this work.

When you read these resolutions and conclusions, you see again that only sufficient progress, i.e. sincere and real progress, on the three key areas of this negotiation will allow us to open the second phase of the negotiations. These three subjects are – I repeat – inseparable.

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