United Kingdom leader hails 'new dynamic' in Brexit talks

Pauline Gross
October 10, 2017

"As we look forward to the next stage, the ball is in their court", Mrs.

Britain will not revoke the "Article 50" legal process which started a two-year Brexit negotiating period, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday. "But I am optimistic we will receive a positive response", May said.

May, who is trying to ease company concerns that Britain could crash out of the European Union without a deal, met business chiefs from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L), Vodafone (VOD.L) and HSBC (HSBA.L) and other major companies to hear what they want from talks on Britain's post-Brexit relationship with the EU.

Mrs May had tried to reset the deadlocked negotiations by offering to agree to a transition agreement where policy trade policy would remain the same for another two years after we leave in March 2019.

Brussels is particularly alarmed by the leadership crisis engulfing the British prime minister, who is facing a plot to oust her after a catastrophic, mishap-strewn speech at her Conservative Party's conference.

The EU says there is a lack of progress on the three key issues necessary to be solved before talks can proceed to trade: the financial settlement, or "divorce bill;" citizens' rights; and the Irish border.

"I believe we can prove the doomsayers wrong".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will say today (10 0ctober) that 'the ball is in the EU-27's court.

"The question must be asked: what has the Government been doing all this time?".

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May was joined by Hammond, business minister Greg Clark, minister for exiting the EU David Davis and trade minister Liam Fox at the council.

May told British lawmakers that "there is a new dynamic in the negotiations" since her major Brexit speech in Florence, Italy, last month.

Labour could be prepared to make ongoing payments to Brussels to secure access to the single market, shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman has suggested.

But before May had given the speech, European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas had told reporters in Brussels that "there has been so far no solution found on step one, which is the divorce proceedings".

Mrs May said the new white papers "pave the way for legislation to allow the United Kingdom to operate as an independent trading nation and to create an innovative customs system that will help us achieve the greatest possible tariff and barrier-free trade as we leave the EU".

May has a slender majority with the support of Ulster Democratic Unionists, providing her European Union remain rebels vote with her.

Insisting Labour would take a strong line with the president, she said that as foreign secretary she would "make it completely clear the way in which I disagree with him, I disagree with him on a very large number of things". Because what we are dealing with here is not rocket science.

This fifth round comes barely two weeks after the fourth.

South West MEP Julie Girling and South East MEP Richard Ashworth were suspended from the Conservative Party after supporting a resolution in Strasbourg declaring that "sufficient progress" had not been made in talks to move on to discussions about the future relationship.

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