EU says ‘not there yet’ on Brexit deal, warns on security
Leaders say major progress is needed at next week's EU summit to ensure a deal is finalized before Britain's departure
BRUSSELS – European Union commissioners say there’s no breakthrough on a Brexit deal and are stressing the importance of security co-operation once Britain leaves the EU.
Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos told reporters Wednesday that EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and his team “are working day and night to reach a deal” before a crucial EU summit next week. But, he said, “we are not there yet.”
Commissioner Julian King said “there are some issues that will need to be addressed in the context of a future partnership including on security.” He emphasized the importance of continued co-operation on cross-border threats.
Barnier briefed EU commissioners on the state of the talks. EU leaders say major progress is needed at next week’s summit to ensure a deal is finalized before Britain leaves March 29.