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The EU and Britain are preparing to conclude a deal in December


11/24/2017


During the visit of Teresa May to Brussels on November 24, the EU negotiators will closely monitor whether she will signal that she is willing to risk the domestic situation in the country and increase the offer with the aim of concluding the deal in December, Reuters reports.



UK Home Office via flickr
UK Home Office via flickr
Representatives of the European Union and diplomats from the other 27 member states of the bloc participating in this process hope that within a week or 10 days after the meeting with President of the European Council Donald Tusk, May will ensure progress on three key conditions so that her EU partners can start a new phase of negotiations on Brexit, when they will meet at a meeting on December 14-15.

One of the high-ranking officials of the European Union explained that the European side sees May as ready to act, but they still do not know what room for maneuver the British prime minister has.

Another source spoke of efforts to reach an agreement that could include a joint statement by the EU and Britain on an interim agreement on the commencement of trade negotiations. The diplomat noted that he sees progress in this regard. "Time is running out, and the failure of the December talks is not for the sake of both sides," he said.

"If Britain has political readiness, we must be ready," said a senior EU official, warning that nothing is taken for granted.

Earlier it was reported that the fee for withdrawing from the EU became one of several obstacles to the talks between Britain and the European Union, and London tried not to offer too high an amount too early, as some officials said was one of the strongest trump cards the British side.

The British media are speculating about the fact that May enlisted the support of the most rigid supporters of Brexit to increase the amount of payment for withdrawal from the EU. The rumors were triggered by conversations within the diplomatic circles of the European Union that an agreement on starting negotiations on future trade relations can be reached at the Brussels summit through three weeks.

The Brexit Premier's Committee, composed of several senior ministers, supported a long-standing strategy on the need to fulfill the commitments undertaken by Britain during EU membership.

However, the government will be able to offer some features when the EU negotiators agree that the negotiation process should include provisions on future trade relations.

"We are ready to go to the second stage to see the talks on a deep and special partnership with the EU in the future and a comprehensive trade agreement with the EU," May said.

source: reuters.com






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