Brexit: David Davis and Michel Barnier to sum up state of talks
12/10/2017 10:23, London /United Kingdom

(TAP)- Brexit Secretary David Davis and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier are expected to sum up the state of negotiations on the UK's departure from the union later.

The fifth round of talks - the final discussions before a crucial EU summit on October 19-20 - are due to end.

The UK has been hoping EU leaders at the summit will decide enough progress has been made to open trade talks.

The UK is set to leave the European Union at the end of March 2019.

EU sources have described a "constructive mood" without real progress and nothing has been said that suggests a sense of gathering momentum.

Both EU and UK teams have said the ball is in the other side's court this week - implying that it is the other side that has to make the next concession.

The EU has said it wants "sufficient progress" on issues including a financial settlement, citizen's rights and the Northern Ireland border with the Republic of Ireland before the talks move on to trade.

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