Brexit Secretary David Davis and his negotiating team are demanding officials in Brussels produce legal clarification regarding the amount of money it is demanding the United Kingdom hand over on its way out of the 28-nation bloc, the Guardian reports.
The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier was to meet his British counterpart David Davis late afternoon for a first exchange, followed by three days of talks and a joint press conference.
"We must start negotiating seriously. the sooner we remove the ambiguity, the sooner we will be in a position to discuss the future relationship and a transitional period", he added.
The European Union wants the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is a one-stop shop for approving and monitoring the safety of drugs across Europe, to leave London after Brexit.
Any final deal will have to be approved by the European Parliament.
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Yet, despite this, Prime Minister May will use her appearance at October's European summit to appeal to leaders of EU member states to approve the beginning of trade talks in October, as originally scheduled, the Times reports.
So far there have been no apparent breakthroughs, stoking talk of the need for a transition period after the two-year Brexit process ends March 29, 2019. On the political side, the UK's close ally across the Atlantic might hamper the EU's hopes for getting a hefty Brexit payment; the Trump administration has repeatedly expressed its willingness to strike a trade deal with the UK.
Meanwhile, Labour MP Graham Stringer said its shift to stay in the single market and customs union for up to four years after EU withdrawal showed "chaos at the centre of the party".
European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker has accused the UK Government of providing "no definitive response" to the border issue post-Brexit.
Mr Juncker yesterday said official papers setting out the Government's positions were not satisfactory and it was "crystal clear" that an "enormous amount" of issues needed to be settled before talks on a future trade deal could begin. While HM Government is weighing a fiscal stimulus program to support the economy, any exit payment to the European Union is deemed undesirable.