European Council President Donald Tusk says he told UK PM Theresa May that more progress is needed before December to move Brexit talks forward. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday (December 17) that he told British Prime Minister Theresa May that the European Union wants to see more progress in early December if Brexit talks are to move forward. Tusk met with May on the sidelines of an EU leaders' meeting in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. He told reporters good progress on citizens' rights had been made, but made it clear more progress on borders in Ireland and on the financial settlement issues was needed before the European Council meets in December. Tusk will chair another EU summit from December 14-15 which could give a green light to launching negotiations on a future trade deal with London. But EU officials say that they need a couple of weeks to prepare such a summit decision once London meets their conditions.