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Пятница, 21 Сентябрь 2018 17:47

EU pushes October Brexit agreement

EU pushes October Brexit agreement

European Union leaders will push for a Brexit deal next month but warned Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday that if she will not give ground on trade and the Irish border by November they are ready to cope with Britain crashing out. But leaders also tried to put a positive spin on their 24 hours of talks, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to Reuters.

Summit chair Donald Tusk said he was more optimistic about getting agreements both to ease Britain out gently and to sketch out a future free trade pact. But May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were among those who stressed there was still “a lot of work” to do.

Whether it can be done by mid-November, many doubt. Brussels is familiar with the theatre of diplomacy, where being seen to hold out to the bitter end can help sell the unpopular back home and some diplomats believe a deal could take until Christmas.

Any later, and there would be a risk of failing to get it ratified by both parliaments before Brexit Day on March 29. “It was clear today that we need substantial progress by October and that we then aim to finalise everything in November,” Merkel said. “But there is still a lot of work to do on the question of how future trade relations will look.”

“You can’t belong to the single market if you are not part of the single market, but you can develop a lot of creativity to find practical, good, close solutions.”

French President Emmanuel Macron rammed home the message: “It was a good and brave step by the prime minister,” he said of her trade plan. “But we all agreed on this today, the proposals in their current state are not acceptable.

More details: https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-eu/eu-pushes-october-brexit-agreement-threatens-no-deal-idUSKCN1M000W

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