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>> Just words, but from this EU Summit, it was the best Theresa May was likely to get. The British Prime Minister left Brussels without anything concrete in terms of trade talks.>>
> But German Chancellor, Angela Merkel's, insistence that things are moving forward, will be welcomed. In a choreographed summit display, key EU leaders appeared wary of leaving May too out in the cold.
They're also promised to start internal talks on what the 27 remaining EU countries want from trade negotiations. Reuters' Brussels Bureau Chief Allister McDonald says it could speed things up.>> Doing that internally, they're not gonna be talking to the British about it. But their point is, that when to Theresa May comes back here in the middle of December, that's the next normal summit date, that they hope that by then, these problems, these differences, over the divorce package will making good progress, sufficient progress in their terms, for them to say okay, let's now talk about trade.
And what they will be able to at that point is say okay, we've actually already been doing our internal work for the last couple of months about what we want out of this.>> The good news lasted while May was still in the building. Two minutes after she left, the EU release a statement saying Britain had failed to make sufficient progress on a divorce deal.
But they stay clear of scathing critique, leaving the door open to a deal by December. May needs to be able to sell her handling of Brexit to doubters back home.>> I spoke to my fellow leaders.>> But words can only take the talk so far. Now, for the 27 other EU countries, it's a case of show me the money.
May still refuses to be drawn on how much the UK will pay into EU coffers. That question is key to unlocking the next stage, trade negotiations. Here, she proved to onlookers she still has the ear of key EU counterparts. But the niceties might be harder to come by once it's actual details are being discussed.