European Union leaders could hand Theresa May an olive branch in deadlocked Brexit negotiations next week by launching their own internal preparations for a transition to a new relationship with Britain. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.
A potential olive branch in Brexit negotiations for Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. On Thursday (October 12), the fifth round of Brexit talks ended with little progress. The European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier declaring they were at an impasse. (SOUNDBITE) (French) EUROPEAN UNION BREXIT NEGOTIATOR, MICHEL BARNIER, SAYING: "This week we worked in a constructive spirit, we clarified certain points ... without, however, making any great steps forward." But now there could be a possible opening. With news emerging the EU leaders are set to discuss preparations for the transition next week. An internal draft document suggests free trade talks could begin in December. And if May ups her offers on divorce terms, the EU will be ready to crack on straight away. The two are said to be deadlocked over money. On Friday (October 13), European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Britain must commit to paying what it owes to the EU before talks can begin. And explained with new problems being found every day, the process will take longer than thought. May's office stating she could have more to say on the financial settlement at next week's EU summit where Europe's leaders are hoping she will make a move.