Optimistic Theresa May to call for flexibility from European Union in Brexit talks

Optimistic Theresa May to call for flexibility from European Union in Brexit talks”

Britain will not revoke the Article 50 legal process that started the two-year Brexit negotiating period, Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament yesterday.

European negotiators, going into the final Brexit talks before an EU summit later this month, will not be confident of securing a deal with a Prime Minister whose own future is so uncertain. "We will not have negotiated that deal until, I suspect, close to the end of the period (which has been set aside)", May told parliament.

Meanwhile, a Customs Bill will legislate for a new "stand alone" customs regime after Brexit, regardless of any deal with the EU.

But expectations among European Union officials are low to nil for a breakthrough on key divorce issues that would allow European Union leaders to tell Ms May when they meet her next week that they are willing to open talks on a future free trade accord.

May was meeting British business leaders on Monday, who are increasingly concerned over the slow pace of Brexit talks, and need to make decisions on moving headquarters or rearrange their businesses if the United Kingdom in effect leaves the bloc and its internal market on 31 March 2019.

May wants to refocus attention on Brexit talks following a disastrous speech at last week's Tory conference. A senior government source last night said contingency plans would be stepped up after Christmas if Brussels continued to drag its feet.

Theresa May's government will publish two white papers on customs and trade arrangements after Brexit, amid warnings from within government to expect two more thorny rounds of negotiations with the EU.

As the European Union and Britain started the fifth round of Brexit talks on Monday, both sides quarreled over who was responsible for making the next move in the stalled negotiations over Britain's departure from the bloc.

It suggested that she might be moved out early next year, once this phase of the Brexit talks was completed.

But some pro-Brexit campaigners are calling on the prime minister to get ready to step away from the talks - underlining the deep divisions in the Conservative Party.

Pointing out that it was 15 months since she reached No 10, Jeremy Corbyn said: "What on earth has the government been doing all this time?"

The British Prime Minister Theresa May will tell the European Union that "the ball is in their court" as Brexit talks resume in Brussels today.

The rules would allow the government to set tariffs and quotas and establish a goods classification system in line with the government's obligations as a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). "I had rather hoped that we would be able to get to the point where we could go to her privately and have this conservation", said Shapps, an MP and former minister.

Schinas said that Britain first needs to make "sufficient progress" on how to disentangle Britain from the bloc, before any talks on a future trade and security deal can start.

Ms Davidson told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show the Foreign Secretary had backed the Prime Minister's Florence speech on Brexit and Mrs May should "hold him to that".

He added that the government wanted to see "the best deal I think in terms of trade, security, co-operation" but added: "Those contingency plans are well under way".

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