Optimistic May to call for flexibility from European Union in Brexit talks

09 October, 2017, 15:48 | Author: Kim Reid
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Kristian Jensen has told The Guardian newspaper that the two sides "are now on the same page" and "it is rather important we get on to a more close and more speedy process of concluding some of the issues".

She has so far fought off attempts to unseat her by critics already angry over an ill-judged election when she lost her governing Conservatives' majority, but her weakness has opened the door for many in her party to challenge her Brexit strategy with just 18 months to go before Britain leaves the EU.

Jensen called for compromise, saying "this will never be a 100 per cent win for one side or the other side".

Theresa May is expected to call upon the European Union to be flexible in its approach to Brexit negotiations as she attempts to break through the current impasse.

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.

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Senior backbencher Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the steering committee of the European Research Group of MPs, said Britain should take a tougher line on exit talks.

"And as we look forward to the next stage, the ball is in their court".

Mrs May will tell the European Union "the ball is in their court" as talks resume between the UK's negotiators and Michel Barnier's team of Brussels officials.

He added: "The timing of talks depends on the availability of our United Kingdom partners".

But some pro-Brexit campaigners are calling on the prime minister to get ready to step away from the talks - underlining the deep divisions in the Conservative Party.

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He also said the prime minister, who was left weaker than ever after her party's annual conference last week, had full confidence in her finance minister, Philip Hammond, and foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, after a raft of negative briefings against both of them by unnamed sources in local media.

Mrs May will appear before MPs to update them on her speech in Florence which, while failing to secure a breakthrough, has been welcomed by European Union leaders for its constructive tone.

Progress is needed on three key issues - the divorce bill, citizens' rights and the border between the UK and Republic of Ireland - before talks can move on to post-Brexit relationship issues, such as UK-EU trade.

May's office says she will say Monday that "the ball is in their court".

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