Next round of Brexit talks delayed for a week
News out a few hours ago and reported by the BBC/others 13 Sept
Not new news but through bleary silly-o'clock eyes I can't see that we've posted it so I'm highlighting now for info.
- next round of Brexit talks has been postponed by a week to "allow more time for consultation".
- fourth round of UK-EU negotiations, due to begin on 18 September, will start on the 25th instead
The Department for Exiting the European Union said in a statement:
"The UK and the European Commission have today jointly agreed to start the fourth round of negotiations on September 25,"
"Both sides settled on the date after discussions between senior officials in recognition that more time for consultation would give negotiators the flexibility to make progress in the September round"
Speculation about the delay was fuelled when European Parliament chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt claimed an "important intervention" would be made by the PM "in the coming days", although this has not been confirmed by Downing Street.
Reuters also quoted diplomatic sources as suggesting that there could be a hold-up in the talks to allow for an event in the UK's "domestic political calendar".
More from the BBC here
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