Miro Cerar says after opening talks the two sides are too far apart on citizens’ rights, financial settlement and the Irish border

The British government’s hopes of opening discussions on a future trade relationship this autumn will definitely be dashed by the EU due to the slow progress of Brexit negotiations, one of 27 prime ministers who will make the decision has said.

Miro Cerar, the prime minister of Slovenia, revealed in an interview with the Guardian that it had proved too difficult to close the differences between the two sides in the opening rounds of talks, with the UK producing some unrealistic proposals.

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