Brexit: EU document suggests prep talks on trade could take place internally

Brexit: EU document suggests prep talks on trade could take place internally

The document comes ahead of the European Council Summit next week

Friday, October 13, 2017

An internal document circulated within the European Union suggests internal discussion on a future trade relationship with Britain could take place at the same time as the external negotiations.

The document, seen by journalists in Brussels, has suggested Michel Barnier could begin talks on trade discussions and a post-Brexit transition period with his fellow EU bureaucrats, to ensure the bloc's negotiators are prepared for any movement in the talks wirh Britain.

The conclusions to be discussed with EU leaders in the European Council Summit, while open to amendments, are currently expected to demand more work be done on the key issues plaguing the talks.

The Brexit discussions have stalled as the European Union refuses to move on until the issues of the Irish border, the financial settlement, and EU national rights are sorted.

The document warns Britain has not made a firm commitment to what the EU sees as its ongoing financial obligations, which follows Barnier’s concerns over the deadlock in negotiations.

The deadlock means certain talks about trade will be delayed until possible the end of the year.