Brexit: EU leaders set to approve progression to trade talks

Brexit: EU leaders set to approve progression to trade talks

The EU summit in Brussels looks ready to advance onto the second phase of the withdrawal negotiations

Friday, December 15, 2017

EU leaders appear set to give the green light for the Brexit negotiations to proceed on to trade.

Nine months after Article 50 was triggered, the other 27 member-states look ready to grant approval for phase 2 at a summit in Brussels.

In an address to leaders of the other memberss at a dinner in Brussels, Theresa May stressed how keen she was to get on with creating a “deep and special” new relationship as quickly as possible.

Despite her recent setback in the Commons, the Prime Minister’s belief in the capability to deliver Brexit was clear.

However, new guidelines to be approved by the EU could mean a slow timetable for Phase 2.

EU leaders have said it is up to Britain to lay out concrete proposals for the kind of deal the country wants to have, with Mark Rutte – the Dutch Prime Minister – saying May must now make clear what Britain wants in terms of the customs union and single market. 

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