EU Insists Ball Is In Britain's Court Ahead Of Brexit Talks

10 October, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Minister Theresa May

But just hours later, the Prime Minister rejected the Commission's stance, putting a heavy stress on the word "is" as she told MPs in the House of Commons: "As we look forward to the next stage, the ball is in their court".

The prime minister's latest comments on Brexit will come as British negotiators led by Brexit Secretary David Davis prepare to head back to Brussels for the latest round of negotiations with their European Union counterparts. "But I am optimistic we will receive a positive response".

Yet it suits pro-Brexit MPs to say that things are going badly, to paint Brussels as the enemy of progress, because they can shift the blame away from themselves and onto the forces that want the United Kingdom to stay in the EU.

But she will tell European leaders: "Achieving that partnership will require leadership and flexibility, not just from us but from our friends, the 27 nations of the EU".

However, May warned that it was "prudent" to prepare for a failure in the negotiations and revealed that the two new government white papers published today, which set out proposed new legislation on trade and customs after Brexit, contained steps to reduce disruption in the event of a "no deal".

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"We shouldn't be proceeding with a president who is putting himself forward as - and I think some people in the administration are saying it's a deliberate policy that he's putting himself forward as - insane".

According to a source familiar with the matter, May told business leaders that for her, a roughly two-year transitional agreement was non-negotiable.

The questions over May's leadership have seriously damaged hopes that a speech she gave in Florence in September, which contained key concessions, could give a "new dynamic" to the talks.

The same applies to her determination to fight back Conservative Party doubts about her leadership.

Still, the Sunday Times, citing Tories it didn't identify, said half her cabinet want her to stand down in the next two years.

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Brexit negotiations officially started in June and are due to be completed by late March 2019.

Theresa May has said she is "pretty resilient" and it is not her style to "hide from a challenge" despite a mishap-strewn party conference speech.

But pressed on whether it would be worth carrying on paying indefinitely for full access to the single market, she told BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics: "We would leave the single market ... on the table, and it may be that there's an arrangement that's in the UK's best interests that involves some sort of payment for access".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has demanded his MPs vote against the bill in a bid to weaken Theresa May's position as Prime Minister. "But let's not get carried away!"

Adding support to previous statements by Lord Kerr, who was involved in drafting article 50, Nick Clegg, (former deputy prime minister), calls this irreversible path a "myth put about by Brexiters who want to stop the British people from changing their minds", in a statement to the Observer.

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Major's comments were viewed by some as a warning to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who while publicly backing May has twice proposed his own policies on the delicate Brexit negotiations over Britain's future relationship with the European Union.


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