On Friday, Germany stated that it is up to Britain to move Brexit discussions forward, suggesting that “time is running out” for London to arrange the deal that it wants.
A day after Michel Barnier, the chief negotiator of the European Union said that the talks were deadlocked over money and could not move to discussions regarding future trade ties, Steffen Seibert, the spokesperson for the German government urged Britain to act before a European Union summit in December.
Seibert said that leaders of the European Union would discuss Brexit during the said meeting. “This means Great Britain still has it in its own hands whether there will be enough progress so that the second phase of negotiations can be started.”
On Monday, Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, informed parliament that it was up to the European Union to move negotiations to the next phase, stating: “the ball is in their court.”
However, her spokesperson stated on Friday that May would have “more to say” on the financial settlement at a European Union summit next week.
The biggest industry group of Germany has advised companies that are active in Britain to make preparations for a “very hard Brexit” as London lacked a clear strategy.
Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, says that London should not demand a special deal and that it is more important to keep the European Union’s remaining 27 member states together.