Wednesday, 24 January 2018

PM Theresa May in Brussels for key Brexit talks

Theresa May

BRUSSELS: British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet key European Union (EU) figures on Monday here for talks on Brexit which could determine whether the UK is able to move on to negotiations on trade.

The Prime Minister, accompanied by the Brexit Secretary David Davis, will meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, with Downing Street saying “plenty of discussions” lie ahead.

It has described the meeting as an “important staging post” on the route to the “crucial” summit with the other 27 leaders in the middle of the month when it hopes trade talks can begin.

The timings of May’s visit marks a deadline set by Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, for her to come forward with an improved offer on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

The UK is hoping to start talks about a free trade agreement but the EU has said that it will only recommend this can take place when it deems “sufficient progress” has been made on the other issues.

The UK voted for Brexit last year and is due to leave in March 2019, but negotiations between the EU and the UK have not yet reached a breakthrough.

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