Britain wears armour of ‘confidence’ ahead of Brexit talks in October
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 19-Aug-2017
London, August 19: Britain said on Thursday it was "confident" talks with the European Union would move towards discussing their future relationship by October, in contrast to warnings from the top EU negotiator that the target is receding.
Prime Minister Theresa May's government wants to push the discussion beyond the divorce settlement soon, to offer companies some assurance of what to expect after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019. She said that despite a lot left to do, she was confident of securing "a deep and special relationship".
But the bloc has repeated that until there is "sufficient progress" in the first stage of talks on the rights of expatriates, Britain's border with EU member Ireland and a financial settlement, officials cannot consider future ties.
Last month, the EU's top Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said talks on future relations had become less likely to start in October because of a lack of progress on the "divorce".
"As the Secretary of State (Brexit minister David Davis) has said, it is important that both sides demonstrate a dynamic and flexible approach to each round of the negotiations." May said the government had shown the work it was putting into the talks with this week's release of papers, including those with proposals for a future customs arrangement and for the border between Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland.
"It's good that we've had a constructive, positive approach to the negotiations so far, and those negotiations are continuing ... There's a lot to be done," she told local television.
On Wednesday, unidentified sources were quoted by Britain's Sky News as saying the two sides might have to delay talks on their post-Brexit relationship until December because they would not make the progress required by the EU.