The UK’s negotiations with the EU-27 failed to progress as much as the UK hoped at the last joint meeting. This is partly a question of money – how much the UK is prepared to pay. But there are other factors at play here too.
The pressure on Mrs May as she went to Florence last Friday to make what was billed as the UK’s “Big Offer” speech to the country’s EU partners was intense. She probably did just enough to keep the UK’s exit negotiations moving forward.