But the EU expects Britain to honor its obligations and isn't making the planned Brexit any easier. If only to discourage other countries from exiting. That means no relaxing of trade regulations.
The EU and the UK look no closer to a deal, as UK Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out a second referendum and has urged the EU to "evolve its position." A Brexit summit will be held in November, leaders announced.
The UK and the EU cannot find common ground on Ireland and future trade. The EU has accused Britain of trying to cherry-pick parts of the union it wants to keep.
Following an informal Brexit summit, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said EU-UK relations should not be "dramatized." Shortly after, British PM Theresa May criticized the EU, saying the UK expects respect.
The European Union has said it is ready to address key British concerns over Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Theresa May wrote in a German newspaper that both sides were close to an orderly Brexit deal.
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