Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty regulates the departure of EU members but is not very specific. It says that the council negotiates and mandates the European commission to negotiate with the country that is leaving.
In an apparent last-minute meeting, the British prime minister visited the EU Commission president in Brussels to discuss deadlocked Brexit talks. May faces pressure at home to deliver favorable results.
Brexit talks are deadlocked, and British diplomats are attempting to sow disunity within the EU in the hope of a better deal. Meanwhile, UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson takes to the water to woo eastern EU allies.
So who has the ball right now? An easy enough question to answer in football, but harder on the political playing field - and even more difficult when it comes to Brexit, says Barbara Wesel.
Six months of Brexit negotiations have passed with little progress. With British Prime Minister Theresa May due to address parliament, both sides have now said that the other is responsible for making the next move.
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