A deadlock

A “deadlock” (punto muerto, impasse) is a position where people cannot proceed (avanzar) with something or cannot make decisions because of disagreement. Some examples:

  • The negotiations ended in deadlock (…terminaron en un punto de muerto). So, the situation is a deadlock (una situación de bloqueo).
  • Mr. Sánchez’s stubborness (la terquedad de…) deadlocked the coalition talks. So, there was a political deadlock (una parálisis política, un impasse).
  • Mr. Sánchez’s attitude deadlocked the talks.
  • The Brexit process has reached deadlock (…ha llegado a un punto de muerto…) in Brussels.