Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Time to turn Brexit speeches into treaties, Juncker tells May

Time to turn Brexit speeches into treaties, Juncker tells May

The debate and vote (on Wednesday) come ahead of the 22-23 March EU summit in Brussels where EU heads of state or government are expected to approve the Council's guidelines for the future relationship negotiations.

Mike Cherry, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said discussions over future trade deals were "clearly important" but the priority for firms now was getting clarity about the immediate future with the European Union after Brexit day.

The UK will come to "regret" the decision to leave the EU, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has warned. For us this is not an Irish issue, it is a European issue.

The Prime Minister, however, received criticism from sections of the European Parliament on Tuesday, especially from Guy Verhofstadt, who insisted both sides "must sort it out".

But mounting differences over Britain's divorce from the European Union have led the bloc to warn repeatedly that time was running out, that the post-Brexit transition was not given, and that London should be more precise and realistic on what sort of future ties it sought.

Other MEPs used the plenary session to put forward their stance on the UK's departure from the EU.

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The European Union would make the point before EU leaders meet at a summit on March 22-23 that the EU was a long-standing and trusted security partner of the United States and thus not a threat to national security and that the Pentagon only needed 3 percent of US annual steel production to serve its needs.

In her Mansion House speech on March 2, May said it was time to face the "hard facts" of Brexit. "We have to guarantee the integrity of the single market because citizens and companies have to be able to count on the same kind of rules for citizens and companies and cherry picking is not going to be possible".

His European Parliament motion calls for an "association agreement" to deal with the future UK-EU relationship.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier that Britain was still confident it could reach agreement with the European Union on a transition period after Brexit at the European Union summit this month.

But it insists on a "binding interpretation role" for the European Court of Justice (CJEU) and rejects United Kingdom efforts to "cherry-pick" single market access for particular sectors, such as the financial services industry.

Chuka Umunna, a prominent lawmaker in the opposition Labour Party who is advocating Britain remaining part of the tariff-free single market and customs union, said Fox's remarks were nothing more than "playground speak".

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