The European Union says it is up to the UK to make progress in Brexit negotiations with the bloc before talks on the future relationship between the two sides.
The comments come after excerpts from UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech which will be delivered to Parliament later on Monday were made available.
In her speech, May has stressed that the ball is in the European Union’s court in terms of Brexit negotiations.
She has also called on the EU negotiators to be flexible in the fifth round of discussions.
The British prime minister, however, says the UK will receive a positive response from the EU.
Britain began the two-year process of leaving the bloc six months ago, but negotiations on the terms of secession have so far moved forward slowly.
– May’s Brexit ‘Mess’ –
Leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has accused Prime Minister Theresa May’s government of making a mess out of Brexit negotiations. Corbyn added that no real progress has been made after the Brexit referendum.
Corbyn said none of the objectives which May outlined during her January speech for Brexit negotiations has been achieved.
Corbyn’s comments come after the UK prime minister said the ball is in the European Union’s court in terms of Brexit talks.
She said the UK wants a creative solution to the issue of forging a new economic relationship with the EU after Brexit.
May’s comments however, drew an angry response from the European Commission Spokesman Margaritis Schinas who said the ball is in the UK’s court.