>> The EU's chief negotiators wrapped up the latest round of Brexit talks with an ultimatum. Warning the UK it has two weeks to clarify its stance on what it will pay into EU coffers, or else.>> I'll say it again, it's an imperative condition to achieving sufficient progress in December.
>> Without that, the EU claims trade talks won't begin this year. In a case of who'll blink first, Britain's Brexit representative appeared mildly more optimistic.>> I said on several occasions in these press conferences, including today, there's no doubt that we have made and continue to make, including this round, significant purpose across a whole range of issues.
>> Ireland sharing the only EU land border with Britain has added its thoughts, saying more details were needed on what will happen to the border ahead of a crucial EU summit in December. If that wasn't enough, British Prime Minister Theresa May is also facing pressure back home. The author of Article 50, the EU legislation allowing for a country to withdraw, having this to say on Friday.
>> Our Article 50 letter could be withdrawn without cost or difficulty, legal or political. Secondly, a standstill agreement is no panacea. Thirdly, once out, there is no easy way back in, and there would be a price to pay. Fourth, while still in, the option of stopping the clock in order to consult the people again is always available.
>> That's the narrative countered by the British government. Teresa May now says the exact time and date will be added to legislation, setting a withdrawal in motion, 2300 GMT on Friday the 29th of March, 2019. But the closer that gets, the more pressure might grow to stop the clock.