Sunday, 22 October, 2017

United Kingdom won't foot Brexit bill unless trade deal reached

A Scottish hill farmer tends to his flock of sheep. UK farmers have bemoaned New Zealand imports as threatening their The Guardian view on WTO rules: not a Brexit safety net
Andrew Cummings | 06 October, 2017, 00:38

Brexit Secretary David Davis, who said he is still aiming for a good deal, said the government must be prepared if talks fail.

Juncker proposed a dinner with the leaders of the four "Visegrad group" nations in Brussels on October 18, ahead of an European Union summit on October 19-20, citing the need to build "a more united, stronger and more democratic Europe" despite Britain's exit.

Speaking to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Mr Barnier said: "Today we have not yet achieved sufficient progress to begin in full confidence the second phase of negotiations".

The European Parliament is overwhelmingly urging EU leaders not to move to the next phase of Brexit negotiations with Britain, saying not enough progress on key separation issues has been made.

"The foreign secretary's so-called red lines included "no monkeying around", a transation period lasting "not a second more" than two years", and an insitence the United Kingdom must not accept and new EU of European Courts of Justice rulings during the transition period. "Theresa May, please don't put the party first - put please Britain first, put please the citizens first".

"I think there is a little bit of an over-optimistic attitude about the extent of trade we can summon up with the Commonwealth countries", she said.

On the European Union four liberties, Barnier said they were non-negotiable.

"Both sides must show leadership and determination to make sufficient progress on the issues of citizens' rights, the exit bill and Northern Ireland to move the process on".

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Manorama, too, cited TV reports saying that Shah had to cancel his visit to attend a meeting called by Modi . He said his party would use democratic means to fight Left rule in the state.

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The revival of the cap - which May appeared to have dropped after losing her parliamentary majority in a June election - was an unwelcome surprise for representatives of British employers, who are already disappointed by the government's lack of progress in Brexit talks.

His comments followed the European Parliament's vote to delay the progression of Brexit negotiations, saying this should only happen if there is a "major breakthrough".

"Let's find an agreement on the financial settlement, even if it's not down to the exact euro, and then we can launch the next stages", he said.

It said MEPs were "of the opinion that in the fourth round of negotiations (held last week in Brussels) sufficient progress has not yet been made".

Mr Weber added that the "top question" at the moment is: "Who shall I call in London that speaks for the British government?"

The EU also faces a tough challenge agreeing its next multi-year budget that runs from 2021, with generous handouts to the eastern nations under particular threat as Britain, a leading net donor, prepares to leave the bloc in 2019.

However, it does make it very clear that the EU's only directly-elected body is unsatisfied with the talks so far, and will be a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May following her key Brexit speech in Florence, which was an attempt to break the deadlock.

Robert Bell is a partner and head of the EU & UK competition team at worldwide law firm Bryan Cave.

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