"Madam May is obviously in an awkward domestic political position at the moment, with little space to manoeuvre. We have also seen some dissonance in the UK cabinet; still, you can 'have your cake and eat it'. The clock is ticking. Big Ben may be still for renovation, but in Europe time ticks on."
"I think there are some positive developments. We were referring to the speech of the prime minister. I would say let's speed things up, let's go to the next stage, in terms of negotiations, as soon as possible. I don't want to speculate right now, is this possible in October or in December. Before you know it we speculate, and we are a year further. The problem is that we don't have much time, we are behind schedule, our citizens, our companies, our people in the UK as well in the rest of Europe, want to know more. So, my call is clearly to pick up speed and to see how far we can get. But I would hope that we do this quicker rather than with a lot of delays and discussions, and already thinking maybe we can do it at another moment."
"Look I am not getting into, from, it is only one party (that is delaying talks). We both want to discuss constructively. So it is both the EU and the UK that have to speed up negotiations. Always both ways. I mentioned that I have some doubts as to the concreteness, and the level of concreteness, where we are now at this moment on the side of the United Kingdom. There are gaps there, we cannot avoid by saying that. So yes there is a great responsibility for the UK to get its house in order internally as soon as possible."
The Dutch foreign minister called on Thursday for more haste in Brexit negotiations between Britain and the European Union.
Bart Koenders was speaking shortly after the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that talks on Britain's departure are weeks or months away from making sufficient progress, despite hailing a positive "new dynamic" in the negotiations.
Koenders said that although there have been some "positive developments" - referring to UK Prime Minister Theresa May's speech in Florence last week, that he would want negotiations to "go to the next stage, in terms of negotiations, as soon as possible."
He went on to describe the UK as having a great responsibility "to get its house in order internally as soon as possible."