UK, EU Disagree Over How to Get Out of Brexit Stalemate

UK, EU Disagree Over How to Get Out of Brexit Stalemate

UK, EU Disagree Over How to Get Out of Brexit Stalemate

The Times reports that Mrs May is "going on the offensive" as she issues a warning to European leaders that Britain will make no more concessions until they compromise on opening trade and transition talks.

In her speech to Parliament, May will tell the European Union that "as we look forward to the next stage, the ball is in their (EU) court" as she tries trying to advance negotiations.

British Prime Minister Theresa May delivers her keynote speech to delegates and party members on the last day of the Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central on October 4, 2017.

Schinas said that Britain first needs to make "sufficient progress" on how to disentangle Britain from the bloc, before any talks on a future trade and security deal can start.

May will be joined by finance minister Philip Hammond, business minister Greg Clark, minister for exiting the EU David Davis and trade minister Liam Fox at the council.

"Achieving such a partnership will require leadership and flexibility not only from us but also from our friends, the 27 European Union countries", - she believes.

While insisting on the fact that Brexit can not be stopped, as it was the people's decision and vote, it is nevertheless becoming harder for the government to hide from what is being seen (on a growing scale) as huge, disastrous negotiation talks.

"Who do they think they are and what do they think we are?"

After her statement to the House of Commons, Mrs May was challenged by Eurosceptic Tory backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg to confirm "unequivocally" that the ECJ's writ "will no longer run in any way in this country" following the expected date of Brexit on March 29 2019.

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Britain cannot make trade agreements with other countries during that time but the UK's terms for single market and customs union access will be the same, Mrs May said. They just want to strike a deal that is good for both the bloc and the United Kingdom but also that does not encourage others to want their own bespoke arrangement.

EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Monday that, despite what Britain says, it is not for the EU to change its negotiating position as time on the two-year window for talks keeps ticking.

London wants to begin talks on the future, including a possible EU-UK trade deal, as soon as possible.

The EU Parliament voted last week to block Brexit talks from moving onto discussions about Britain's future relationship.

Labour's Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer cautioned that "this slow progress is a real concern" and claims negotiators are "further apart not closer together" than they were at the start of talks.

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".

Many believe she must quit before the next election, due in 2022, but worry that a leadership contest now will provoke an earlier vote that could result in a victory for Labour's Jeremy Corbyn.

But the foreign secretary - who has been on thin ice since his "dead bodies" comment - has put a statement describing her speech as "great", echoing her view that the chances of new rules coming in were "very small".

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