European Union negotiator rejects key element of United Kingdom govt Brexit plan

27 July, 2018, 22:50 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • French Europe minister Nathalie Loiseau

Both the Austrian and Czech governments have been critical of aspects of European Union policy, particularly on migration, and Mrs May will hope she can use internal divisions within the bloc to push for a more flexible approach from Brussels to the Brexit negotiations.

Dominic Raab and Michel Barnier will hold face-to-face talks in Brussels at the end of the latest round of Brexit negotiations.

Addressing MPs about the new withdrawal bill, and later facing a select committee of MPs, Raab said again that the 39 billion pounds (52 billion US dollars) that Britain has agreed to pay as its so-called divorce settlement with the European Union was conditional on a future trade deal between Brussels and London.

The Telegraph's Brussels correspondent said Barnier refused to accept that Britain had "evolved its position" and he offered no concessions in return for May's soft Brexit plan, which led to the resignations of Raab's predecessor David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

A spokesman for the small europhile Liberal Democrat party commented soberly that the "deal is struggling to survive".

"Now, that may be in line with their own theological attachment to ever-closer union and EU treaties but it may have a large cost to EU member states, the member states who require jobs, prosperity, and trade, because they need to get elected, unlike the Commission officials".

On Friday she met Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Salzburg before starting a 15-day holiday and said she looked forward to discussing her Brexit plan.

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The Brexit Secretary said there had to be "conditionality" under the Article 50 withdrawal mechanism between settling Britain's exit payment and creating a new relationship with the EU. An agreement must be made in principle within at least three months, before the European summit in mid-October. So far, May herself has also ruled this out.

It has also evoked sheaves of bleak post-Brexit scenarios - from food shortages to giant traffic jams.

The border issue is the most important stumbling bloc to getting a deal later this year. "The Chequers agreement reached last week provides the platform for Donald and me to pursue an ambitious deal that works for both countries right across our economies".

The EU officials have expressed skepticism about another key aspect of the plan - the United Kingdom to remain in the EU's single market for goods but not for services.

In the June 23, 2016 referendum, 17.4 million votes, or 51.9% of votes cast, backed leaving the European Union while 16.1 million votes, or 48.1% of voters, backed staying.

A second question in the YouGov and Times poll asked how people would vote if there was now a re-run of the original Brexit vote to leave or remain in the EU.

Labour former Cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw, a supporter of the People's Vote campaign for a fresh referendum, said: "The white paper is dead".



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