Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

EU's Tusk warns Britain Brexit time tight, risk of no deal

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"We will have to see whether the negotiation chief will remain the same, how the relevant ministers will look".

Budget Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said that the European Union side led by chief negotiator Michel Barnier was ready to begin talks on June 19 as planned, but it would not be clear for hours or days whether the British government would be able to join them round the table. "We should clearly come to terms with the British to start as quickly as possible".

Speaking during a visit to Mexico, Mrs Merkel ended her brief period of "polite" restraint from commenting on Mrs May's catastrophic poll.

On Twitter, Siegfried Muresan, spokesman for the European Parliament's largest grouping, the European People's Party, said, "EU did not want #Brexit, but has been prepared to negotiate it since a year ago".

Current plans to start Brexit negotiations in the week of June 19 may have to be delayed, experts said, adding that when the talks do begin there could be a very different approach from the "hard Brexit" advocated by May that would involve leaving Europe's single market and curbing European immigration.

"We want to do it quickly, respecting the calendar", she said in comments reported by Sky News.

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The prospect of a hung Parliament would throw serious doubt over Brexit negotiations, due to begin in earnest in just 10 days.

The decision of Britain to leave was a shocking and cathartic moment in the 60-year history of the bloc, whose member states want to keep Britain as a close partner once it is out.

European Council President Donald Tusk, who will oversee EU negotiations on Britain's withdrawal, warned on Friday that London faces a firm deadline to complete talks and that delays in starting them raise the risk of failing to reach a deal.

In a letter to the PM congratulating her on her reappointment, he said the two-year time frame set out under Article 50 of the European Union treaties left no room for delay. "We know when they must end", said Mr Tusk.

Talks on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union will begin when the new United Kingdom government is ready, Brussels' chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said. "Let's put our minds together on striking a deal".

Meanwhile, the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, voiced his frustration with the snap election called by Theresa May.

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