Wait for the talks, says UK PM's spokesman on possible Brexit breakthrough

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Brexit talks resume in Brussels later today.

Negotiators are holding a fifth round of talks this week on divorce proceedings, centered on the rights of citizens in each other's nations once the breakup is complete, the border between Ireland and the United Kingdom and the financial commitments Britain will have to pay. The statement is being trailed as an announcement by May that after the more placatory tone of her Florence speech, she now expects some give on the EU's side, saying "the ball is now in the EU's court". He highlighted that in any political deal, there is always a dearth of time or finances or others things being quoted but still a final decision has to be taken and that too within a reasonable time frame. "But I am optimistic we will receive a positive response".

Nearly all business leaders expressed concern about access to talent after Brexit and several told May that the investment cycle means there are decisions coming at the end of 2017 and the start of 2018, the source said.

"The problem that the British country has is that a good half of the Tory party wants to go sailing off into the mid-Atlantic with no deal at all and that would be disastrous for our country", she said.

Initially Mr Barnier had hoped to achieve "sufficient progress" to move on to discussing future EU-UK relations by the end of October, with the clock ticking for a deal before Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019.

As the government published two white papers detailing plans to create a new trade and custom regimes after Brexit, May told MPs yesterday that the government wanted to agree a two-year "period of implementation" to move from the UK's membership of the European Union to a new trading relationship.

Besides aiming to clinch a USA trade deal or forming some new trade grouping, some British supporters of Brexit have pondered joining an existing trade alliance such as NAFTA.

Responding to a question from staunch Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg in the House of Commons on Monday, the prime minister said that keeping close ties with the EU during a transitional stage after Brexit "may mean we will start off with European Court of Justice still governing rules we're part of for that period".

The UK government is desperate for the European commission to conclude that enough progress has been made on issues relating to the divorce settlement, such as financial liabilities, Northern Ireland and citizens' rights.

"I know that she is as determined as ever to get on with the job, she sees it as her duty to do so and she will carry on and she will make a success of this government", Green, the first secretary of state, told television. Many Conservative activists fear a leadership contest would exacerbate the divide in the party over Europe, an issue that helped sink the previous three Conservative prime ministers - David Cameron, John Major and.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker rejected a claim from Mrs May that the ball was in the EU's court as the talks resumed in Brussels.

The spat comes at a sensitive time for Brexit negotiations and also for May's leadership.

May had previously insisted that Britain will take back control of its laws on Brexit day.

"They see the payment as their leverage to negotiate access to the single market and other benefits the European Union has", an European Union source said.