The European Union said a solution to the Brexit deadlock remained elusive on Wednesday after the latest “difficult” talks with Britain.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier gave the state of play after meeting his British counterparts late on Tuesday amid efforts to get the divorce deal through parliament in London. Mr. Barnier informed the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, that “while the talks take place in a constructive atmosphere, discussions have been difficult,” Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said.
Mr. Barnier added that “no solution has been identified at this point that is consistent with the withdrawal agreement,” Mr. Schinas told a press conference.
Prime Minister Theresa May agreed the withdrawal agreement in November, but the British parliament overwhelmingly voted it down in January.
Mr. Barnier met on Tuesday with U.K. Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay over dinner in the Belgian capital.