Brexit: EU opens door to further trade negotiations if Theresa May ditches red lines

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator has opened the door to re-opening talks in regards to the EU and UK’s future relationship if Theresa Might ditches a few of her negotiating pink traces.

Talking on Wednesday on the European Parliament Michel Barnier stated that the European Council “unanimously” agreed and had “at all times stated that if the UK chooses to shift its pink traces sooner or later, and if it makes that option to be extra bold and to transcend a easy free commerce settlement, then the EU can be instantly able to go hand in hand with that growth and provides a beneficial response”.

The prime minister has stated she needs to finish freedom of motion, depart the only market, customs union, and jurisdiction of the European Court docket of Justice – limiting the scope of her deliberate future commerce take care of the EU and ending frictionless commerce.

Mr Barnier stood agency and refused to renegotiate the precise withdrawal settlement, nonetheless – which incorporates the controversial “backstop” hated by so many Tory MEPs and Ms Might’s allies within the DUP.

However negotiating adjustments to the accompanying political declaration on the longer term relationship might give the prime minister extra room to win MPs over – together with from Labour, which needs a customs union and shut relationship with the only market.

“In any case, no matter occurs, ratification of this Withdrawal Settlement is critical,” he stated.

“It’s a precondition to create mutual belief amongst ourselves trying ahead to the second spherical of negotiations that may begin as quickly as doable on our future relationship.”


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