United Kingdom told Brexit talks will not proceed without Border 'backstop'

Erika Holt
May 16, 2018

In contrast, Mr Barnier invited Britain to continue paying into the EU's overseas foreign aid projects, which he said would help the United Kingdom and the bloc shape the world order after Brexit.

But a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May says the "focus is on getting things right", rather than meeting a deadline. "In June, we need to see substantive progress on Ireland, on governance...on all remaining separation issues", said Zakharieva.

The European Union urged the United Kingdom to accelerate the Brexit - the exit from the EU if London is going to have time to complete the main part of this process this autumn. The UK decided unilaterally and autonomously to withdraw from the EU.

"I think the concept of a shared customs space is something that we would like to see some new thinking on from the British side", he said before holding Brexit talks with other European Union ministers in Brussels.

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Britain may lose its influence on EU security and defence policy after it leaves the European Union, according to a parliamentary report on Monday which urges the government to put forward proposals for future co-operation, Reuters reports.

But, Mr Coveney said, "the issue in relation to a shared customs territory in the future is more than likely to be an issue for the future relationship negotiations which is of course going to take a lot more time than hopefully concluding a legally operable text for a withdrawal agreement which we're hoping to have concluded by the end of October".

The Office for National Statistics said Tuesday that average earnings for workers, excluding bonuses, were up 2.9 percent in the first three months of the year from the same period the year before.

"If it's not possible to make sufficient progress by the end of June then I think there is going to be a hard summer ahead".

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