However, Barnier said there had been progress in other areas, including citizens’ rights, and he hoped there will be positive developments within the next two months.

“There is a new momentum and I remain convinced today, with the political will, decisive progress is within our grasp within the next two months,” he said.

The U.K.’s representative, David Davis, said that technical talks over the so-called exit bill were “rigorous” and worked out in a way that will allow for an agreement in the future.

Once again, the U.K. asked the EU to discuss their future relationship while negotiating the withdrawal — even though both sides agreed at the start of talks to make citizens’ rights, the exit bill and the Irish border their priorities before any trade arrangements.

“Our aim is to provide as much certainty as possible to business, citizens and the European Union,” Davis told reporters, adding however that “to provide certainty, we must talk about the future.”

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