Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Britain, EU clash over next Brexit move

Britain, EU clash over next Brexit move

MICHEL Barnier has snapped at suggestions the ball is in the EU's court to break the deadlock which could lead to a Brexit "no deal" scenario. The questions over May's leadership have seriously damaged hopes that a speech she gave in Florence in September, which contained key concessions, could give a "new dynamic" to the talks.

British businesses are keen for May and her government to make clear what Britain's trade relationship with the European Union will be from the second it officially leaves at the end of March 2019. But EU leaders have so far resisted that call. Few were forthcoming in May's statement on Monday, though she did say that Britain might accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice during the transition period - an idea that infuriates many pro-Brexit members of her Conservative Party.

Britain is eager to to move on to the next stage of Brexit negotiations and start talks on what Britain's future trade relationship with the bloc will look like.

May said progress was being made on all three, and "there is considerable agreement" between the United Kingdom and the bloc on citizens' rights.

I've done a load of deals over the years and when you say something, there has to be real fear on the other side that if they don't play ball you'll carry through with your threat.

"So the ball is entirely in the United Kingdom court for the rest to happen", he said.

Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen, however, called for compromise, saying "this will never be a 100 percent win for one side or the other side". In my view it is rather important we get into a more close and more speedy process on concluding some of the issues'.

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"I have long believed that the EU Commission primarily wants to punish Britain for daring to leave the organization", he said.

This afternoon the EU Council Chief put a December deadline on talks before the bloc may have to rethink whether a Brexit deal is possible.

A Fine Gael MEP has suggested that the European Union may need to devise a bespoke customs union to appease Britain as he urged the Irish government to fight for Brexit talks to move on to a potential trade deal.

May addressed Parliament on its first day back since her disastrous speech to the Conservative conference last week, which saw her bedeviled by a prankster, a sore throat and a malfunctioning set.

Asked why she could not say she had changed her mind, given that she was leading the country into Brexit, she replied: "Yes and I'm Prime Minister ensuring I'm going to deliver Brexit for the British people".

A report that aerospace manufacturer BAE Systems is planning to cut more than 1,000 jobs did little to ease those concerns that without progress in the talks, firms will start to make staffing and relocation decisions.

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