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'Clock is ticking' on Brexit negotiations, says chief European Union negotiator Barnier

'Clock is ticking' on Brexit negotiations, says chief European Union negotiator Barnier

"I'm not hearing any whistling, just the clock ticking", Barnier said, when asked by a reporter if he could whistle a tune.

Boris Johnson was accused of arrogance after telling the European Union that it could "go whistle" if it demands an extortionate payment from Britain as the price of Brexit.

He said: "Whatever happens, the best possible relationship with the European Union would be to remain a member of the EU".

Mr Barnier is to be congratulated on his little bon mot - the man knows how to deliver a line - but that doesn't mean his version.

Meanwhile, David Davis revealed that a Scottish Parliament vote to approve a key piece of Brexit legislation would take place early next year.

He said the U.K.'s position on citizens' rights would not assure that EU nationals in Britain would be fully protected, and he repeated the EU's demand that the European Court of Justice retain jurisdiction over any disputes or questions that emerge on citizens' rights in the future.

Johnson also said the government had not made any plans for failing to reach a deal with the EU.

"On the financial settlement, it is essential that the United Kingdom recognizes the existence of financial obligations, which are simply the result of the period during which they were members of the European Union, in particular in the current multi-annual financial framework".

Tomorrow the Government will publish an economic analysis of Brexit's impact, which will explain the implications of various different types of deal.

She said: "It is slightly baffling, as it is the Prime Minister, or at least the Prime Minister for now, who chose to put the no deal option on the table and she couldn't stop using the phrase during the election campaign". In a message released Wednesday, the London MEP said: "If Mr Barnier wants to talk about who owes who money he is in for a nasty surprise."Since 1973 The UK has made gross contributions to the EU Budget of over half a trillion pounds, or net contributions of nearly £185 billion".

"We have to negotiate intelligently and sensibly, but above all negotiate with respect and expect to be respected in return", he added, dismissing Johnson's comments as "arrogant".

Guy Verhofstadt, Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament, said today that EU immigrants would be left as "second-class citizens" under the terms of the British proposals.

"In my opinion, since in the Lisbon Treaty Euratom and the EU are fully interlinked, you can not be fully part of Euratom and not part of the European Union", Verhofstadt told MEPs.

Domestic political pressure on Davis is also likely to intensify on Wednesday when Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon and Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones all arrive in Brussels for separate, private, talks with Barnier.

He said that Britain honouring its commitments to fund programmes across Europe was a question of "trust" and insisted the negotiations were going nowhere unless the Government changed its tune.

Those comments were in response to Labour's shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry asking Johnson if he had a "detailed private plan" for Brexiting without a trade deal.