May Seeking EU To Open Brexit Trade Talks

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On Friday, British Prime Minister Theresa May once again stated her desires for a joint move with the European Union to commence negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal.

May told reporters that she would speak with EU summit chair Donald Tusk later regarding the “positive negotiations we’re having, looking ahead to the future deep and special partnership that I want with the European Union. What I‘m clear about is that we must step forward together,” May added. “This is for both the UK and for the European Union to move on to the next stage.”

According to the EU summit chair’s office, it has been confirmed for Friday for May’s discussion of Brexit plans with European Council President Tusk at 4:30 p.m. (1530 GMT).

The EU requires May to improve not only financial but other offers before commencing trade talks. May has stated that she wants the guarantee of trade negotiations prior to her making a new offer. This would conclude a first phase of talks next month on Britain’s withdrawal to secure EU agreement to negotiate a future trade pact.

Although, a major move from May is not expected as early as Friday, EU officials are working on a “joint report” confirming in public the results of the first stage of bargaining. Besides the amount Britain shall pay the Union upon leaving in March 2019 as well as outstanding commitments, EU leaders are seeking better terms from London for the rights of EU citizens living in Britain after Brexit.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he believes that talks were making progress and he would have more clarity, after his own meeting with May on Dec. 4 in Brussels, whether there is adequate progression to suggest that leaders meeting at a summit on Dec. 14-15 should begin the future trade talks.


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