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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 11:00

Brussels and London continue disputes on Brexit

Brussels and London continue disputes on Brexit

EU diplomats have rejected UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s conference pitch that Brussels must move first to break the deadlock over negotiations as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said British people were only “finding out now” about the scale of the problems caused by Brexit, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to The Guardian.

The European commission president told an audience in Germany that he regretted that the voters had not been properly informed ahead of the Brexit referendum in 2016.

While the British government insists the ball is in the EU’s court in the talks, European diplomats speak “both sides had to move if the talks were to progress before a crunch summit on 18 October. In a way the ball is just as much in the UK’s court as the EU’s. We are at a point in the negotiations when neither side can say ‘the ball is in your court’. If the UK doesn’t pick up the ball, we will.”

Officials also repeated warnings that the EU would not accept the economic part of May’s Chequers plan, fearing it would hand British business a permanent competitive advantage over EU rivals. They believe that the UK proposal would lead to a diversion of trade and investment in the UK’s favour and to the disadvantage of member states’ business.

More details: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/oct/01/eu-brussels-rejects-plea-from-theresa-may-to-break-brexit-deadlock

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