>> The briefing started upbeat but then headed down again.>> This week we worked in a constructive spirit. We clarified certain points, without however making any great steps forward.>> The stumbling block at the end of a fifth round of Brexit talks cash or what negotiate is called a financial settlement Britain must pay to leave, which the EU estimates at 60 billion Euros.
Brittain has offered to pay 20 billion.>> We are at an impasse.>> Barnier ruling out discussions on future trade being allowed to start by EU leaders next week as had been the goal. The UK's chief Brexit negotiator talked of progress on citizen's rights in a week where otherwise, the two sides appear to have hardened their stands.
European Council president Donald Tusk has said London has until December to settle divorce terms and so unlock talks on a transitional deal or, the EU will reconsider it's objectives.>> The EU knows that we mean business.>> While in Britain, the finance minister warned that the value of a transitional deal would diminish overtime anyway, its Prime Minister says there is no impasse.
>> No, there's actually been good progress made in these talks.>> Though she and her ministers appear more and more divided on how to approach Brexit and less able to deliver what business is demanding of them, clarity.