United Kingdom looking to replicate EU's external trade deals after Brexit: PM May

Randolph Lopez
August 31, 2017

He said there was a need to be "crystal clear" that negotiations on the new post-Brexit relationship, particularly the economic and trade relationship, would not be carried out before issues relating to financial obligations, citizens' rights and Ireland are dealt with.

Brussels has poured cold water on the idea, however, pointing to a statement agreed by member states including France and Germany that they would abstain from side talks, the Independent reports.

The thorny issue of the bill was tackled in this round of negotiations but the raft of position documents Britain published in the lead-up to talks didn't include a paper on how it proposed to calculate the financial settlement of the divorce.

Davis and Barnier met on Monday at the start of the latest round of talks which highlighted differences between Brussels and Whitehall over the negotiating papers produced by the UK.

Brussels is insistent the two issues be taken in sequence and Mr Barnier yesterday warned "serious" negotiations were yet to begin because of the impasse.

Brexit Secretary David Davis (left) and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Turkey began formal membership talks in 2005 after years of foot-dragging by some European Union member states such as France who were wary of admitting such a large Muslim country.

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Formal talks are due to continue in Brussels until Thursday. "We want to lock in the points where we agree, unpick the areas where we disagree and make further progress on the whole range of issues", Davis said.

He added: 'I did read, with the requisite attention, all the papers produced by Her Majesty's Government and none of those is actually satisfactory.

The UK has asked for more Brexit negotiating sessions with its European counterparts, according to a person familiar with the discussions, as the latest round of talks showed little sign of progress amid public criticism from each side.

Mr Juncker added: 'First of all we settle the past before we look forward to the future'.

Davies insists that British position papers presented over the last two weeks can and should "form the basis of what I hope will be a constructive week of talks between the European Commission and the United Kingdom".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has openly stated that she would take the country out of the European Union even if she fails to strike a deal with the bloc, but Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has asked for a softer approach that involves retaining Britain's access to the EU's tariff-free single market.

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