Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

Where is the ball? United Kingdom and European Union exchange volleys over Brexit

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Christy Curtis | 10 October, 2017, 01:01

Asked about Mr Davis's absence - which is apparently for parliamentary duties -the European Commission spokesperson said the pace of talks would depend on the availability of British negotiators.

Theresa May has said she is "pretty resilient" and it is not her style to "hide from a challenge" despite a mishap-strewn party conference speech.

She said Brexit talks needed to be focused on the long-term future relationship between the two after a limited implementation period.

Jensen said the sides "are now on the same page" and "it is rather important we get on to a more close and more speedy process of concluding some of the issues".

"They left the party no choice but to act", said Ashley Fox, leader of the Tory group in the European Parliament, describing the decision of Mr Ashworth and Ms Girling, a former group leader and chief whip respectively, as "extremely regrettable".

But pressed on whether it would be worth carrying on paying indefinitely for full access to the single market, she told BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics: "We would leave the single market ... on the table, and it may be that there's an arrangement that's in the UK's best interests that involves some sort of payment for access".

On Brexit in March 2019, the bill repeals all European Union laws and converts them to British legislation.

Supporters of a so-called hard Brexit meanwhile turned their fire on UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, with Tory lawmaker Bernard Jenkin writing in the Guardian that the Treasury was "legitimising European Union threats of economic disruption".

He said neither said will win "100 per cent" and instead called for a political compromise to be struck.

In the wake of the Brexit referendum, the British Conservative Party changed.

Nonetheless, governments are extremely wary of any attempt by British negotiators to divide their solid display of unity and are anxious not to appear to be going soft on May, despite some sympathy for the balancing act she faces.

"It is hard for them to argue that we need to remain part of the CFP but with no say on how quotas are divided up".

The EU27's negotiating guidelines for the two-year Brexit talks stipulate that they must take place in two phases: separation and "orderly withdrawal", followed by future relationship.

"We are fast reaching the point when the prime minister should assert the authority of her office over the negotiations and call time", Bernard Jenkin, a Conservative lawmaker, wrote in the Guardian newspaper. "We still believe that technical rectification remains the most appropriate procedure for introducing United Kingdom schedules into the WTO", the United Kingdom trade department spokesman told The Financial Times, adding that Britain was "committed to working constructively and openly with our worldwide partners throughout the process".

The Sunday Telegraph disclosed the Government will unlock billions of pounds into the economy if both sides fail to conclude a final agreement.

But they would be flying in the face not only of Barnier's advice, but also that of Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk and the European Parliament.

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