Following the fourth round of negotiations, the latest joint technical note comparing EU and UK positions on citizens’ rights has been released. There has been agreement on a number of issues regarding citizens’ rights, however, there are a number of areas where the EU and the UK still hold differing views.

The European Council meeting on 19 – 20 October 2017 will decide whether there has been sufficient progress on the first phase of the Article 50 negotiations on withdrawal arrangements in order to progress to the second phase in the negotiations and consider the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Speaking at a press conference following the latest round of negotiations, Michel Barnier recognised that the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence last week had certainly created a new dynamic, but he also made it clear that both sides were “not there yet” and that it may be weeks or months before the EU will allow the negotiations to progress to trade talks.