May to insist ball is in Europe's court as Brexit talks resume

May to insist ball is in Europe's court as Brexit talks resume

One suggestion, which did not command majority support, was that at the European council summit, the EU would offer to discuss between themselves how a future trade relationship would work or open "scoping" discussions about a transition period, in an attempt to encourage Britain to be more forthcoming.

Her survival has so far been dependent on the absence of an obvious successor who could unite the split party around Brexit and fear of an election that many Conservatives think would let opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn into power.

Jensen said: "In any political negotiations, there is not enough time, not enough money, not enough this, not enough that".

Davies explained that he considered the UK's negotiating stance was "substantially more flexible and pragmatic" than that of the EU.

"There has been, so far, no solution found on step one, which is the divorce proceedings, so the ball is entirely in the UK's court for the rest to happen".

More than six months have passed since Britain triggered the two-year countdown to its European Union exit.

But he repeatedly cautioned that he also had a mandate from European Union leaders to help prepare for failure and he regularly tells businesses to be sure to plan for the worst.

However, he believed "concrete progress" had been made.

Also, EU officials are slightly disappointed with the nearly no change in British negotiating position despite May's promising speech in Florence.

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For many, hints at a breakdown in talks remains part of the bluff and counter-bluff of negotiations.

The government said it was "actively considering" ways in which to mitigate the impact in such a scenario and said its priority was ensuring that UK-EU trade would be "as frictionless as possible". However, she said in a statement that it was "patently obvious" that the EU's test of "sufficient progress" on key divorce issues were not yet met.

Supporters of a hard Brexit meanwhile turned their fire on the Treasury, with Tory legislator Bernard Jenkin writing in the Guardian newspaper that it was "legitimising European Union threats of economic disruption".

Another senior official said: "There's every reason to be anxious and European industry should take this more seriously".

October 12 - The latest round of Brexit talks concludes with a press conference by the European Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Brexit Secretary David Davis.

She will call for talks to be approached in a constructive way "with our sights set firmly on the future".

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

Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told the Observer: "The claim that article 50 is irreversible was always a myth put about by Brexiters who want to stop the British people from changing their minds".

Unless the British government can find a way to stabilize her leadership and signal to Brussels that back in London the adults are running the show, then, I'm afraid, Britain's instability will continue for months to come.

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