>> Will require flexibility, and imagination from both sides, something I think the council asked for.>> Britain requesting a little imagination from the EU, as the Brexit battle continues in Brussels. The two sides coming face to face to carry on mapping out their divorce. But the time table is looking tight, and Brussels says the progress is too slow.
>> To be honest I'm concerned, time passes quickly.>> Divisions between the camps are bubbling up. London's proposals repeatedly focusing on what a future relationship will look like after Brexit. It hopes to keep as many things as possible the same, once the UK has left. But the EU says they first need to address the more immediate task of Britain's departure.
The block wants guarantees for expats, and answers on the future Irish border. And with a deadline of March 2019, time is in short supply. One key point of contention, London wants to break free from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. But the EU needs the ECJ to police the divorce, and have the final say in disputes over EU citizens living in Britain, and vice versa.
Money is seen by both sides as the hardest nut to crack for now. The EU has floated a divorce bill of around 60 billion Euros to be paid by Britain. London says that's far too high. The block wants to agree on a formula to calculate that figure before any posed Brexit arrangements are even discussed.
Neither side is expecting any major breakthroughs this week, but the EU says it's ready to intensify talks over the coming weeks in order to advance.