The UK Gets Support from Denmark on Trade Deal Talks

Theresa May the Prime Minister
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Theresa May the Prime Minister Credit Peter Byrne PA

UK Brexit Secretary David Davis is due back in Brussels this week for further talks.

Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday there is a positive "new dynamic" in Brexit talks, with Britain and the European Union nearing agreement on the rights of 4 million citizens whose lives will be affected by the split.

May's office said she stressed the importance of engaging with the business community to design the proposed implementation arrangements, and promised to have continued meetings with a wide variety of business voices.

Interviewed by the Real News Network, he went further on, contradicting the downward household debt trajectory implied by Mark Carney, (Bank of England's Governor), in his recent speech, last week.

Existing EU trade deals and preferential arrangements with other countries will be "transitioned" into domestic law through legislation post-Brexit. May's de facto deputy, Damian Green, also said she would carry on. What kind of amounts we are talking about, she did not specify.

The EU27's negotiating guidelines for the two-year Brexit talks stipulate that they must take place in two phases: separation and "orderly withdrawal", followed by future relationship.

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If they fail to agree then, the next chance will not be until a summit in December, with the clock ticking to reach a final deal before Britain formally leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019.

This uncertainty matters now, even while talks are still ongoing, because the lack of clarity means that businesses do not know what the future holds in the UK. Shortly after that, Labour announced that it was in favor of a post-Brexit transitional period of between two and four years, during which the United Kingdom would remain in the EU's single market and customs union.

Danish Finance Minister Kristian Jensen hit out at the constant stalling by Brussels over reaching a deal, which has become a feature of the talks to date, remarking that Prime Minister Theresa May's concessions to the European Union made in her Florence speech should have been enough to shift the deadlock.

At next week's summit, the leaders of the 27 remaining European Union states will decide whether sufficient progress has been made on divorce issues like expats' rights, the border with Ireland and Britain's financial settlement to allow talks to proceed to their second phase.

Ms Thornberry told BBC One's Sunday Politics that it would be good for the economy to "stay as close as we can" to the EU.

May's grip on the party's loyalty has been weakened by its poor performance in the snap election she called for June, which cost the Conservative Party its majority status and strengthened the hand of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. "The hard part will be the length of the transition period, what are the issues of cooperation afterwards, and that's why it is important we keep momentum in the negotiations, and both sides are ready and able to negotiate fast".

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