Wednesday, Sep 23, 2020 | Last Update : 12:37 AM IST

182nd Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra122438091634833015 Andhra Pradesh6317495518215410 Tamil Nadu5473374919718871 Karnataka5268764233778145 Uttar Pradesh3588932895945135 Delhi2492592133045014 West Bengal2283021989834421 Odisha184122149379763 Telangana1726081419301042 Bihar169856155824870 Assam159320129130578 Kerala13863398720554 Gujarat1247671051913337 Rajasthan116881972841352 Haryana113075908841177 Madhya Pradesh108167836182007 Punjab99930754092860 Chhatisgarh8618347653680 Jharkhand7267358543626 Jammu and Kashmir65026421151024 Uttarakhand4177729000501 Goa2875322726360 Puducherry2319118065467 Tripura2227215441245 Himachal Pradesh124387836125 Chandigarh102987411123 Manipur9010683859 Arunachal Pradesh7385540813 Nagaland5544445110 Meghalaya4733252838 Sikkim2447190529 Mizoram158510120
  World   Europe  17 Dec 2016  EU acts swiftly to outflank Theresa May

EU acts swiftly to outflank Theresa May

REUTERS
Published : Dec 17, 2016, 6:31 am IST
Updated : Dec 17, 2016, 7:17 am IST

Leaders will stick together against British PM’s plan to squeeze out the best deal.

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves at the end of the European Union Summit at the EU Council building in Brussels on Thursday. (Photo: AFP)
 British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves at the end of the European Union Summit at the EU Council building in Brussels on Thursday. (Photo: AFP)

Brussels: European Union leaders agreed their plan for Brexit negotiations on Thursday pledging to move swiftly and stick together to ensure Britain does not cherry pick a sweet deal that might inspire others to unstitch the bloc.

Prime Minister Theresa May left before the other 27 leaders met briefly to formalise their plan for how to run Brexit talks.

 

Before heading home, diplomats said Ms May had assured her European partners that she would launch the two-year process by the end of March despite how London judges rule in a constitutional court case that some say might jeopardise her timetable.

“It’s right that the other leaders prepare for those negotiations as we have been preparing,” Ms May told reporters.

The 27 issued a statement saying they were “determined to see the Union succeed”, and were ready to negotiate quickly to “tackle the uncertainties” raised by the prospect of Brexit.

But “any agreement will have to be based on a balance of rights and obligations”, they insisted, and reject British attempts to remain in the EU’s single market if it does not accept free immigration from the continent — one of four key freedoms of the Union which British voters rejected in a June referendum.

 

After months in which exasperated continentals have mocked divisions within Ms May’s government over what kind of deal Britain should seek, her exhortations to the others to get on with their preparations sounded a shade ironic. But in fact Brussels did see a wobble in its facade of unity as the European Parliament grumbled that EU leaders were freezing it out of negotiations.

After warnings from senior lawmakers that the legislature risked withholding its consent to any final divorce deal if it was not included throughout the talks, national leaders offered an olive branch, saying they could attend preparatory meetings.

Ms May, who was filmed looking unsure of herself as leaders gathered, left the summit with no mention of Brexit, focusing instead on Syria and a pledge to provide a further 20 million pounds of support for the most vulnerable fleeing Aleppo.

 

She had sought to reinforce her message that, while still a member, Britain would play a full part in discussions on EU issues and keen to set a conciliatory tone for a “smooth” exit, welcoming the meeting of the other EU leaders without her.

The EU negotiating plan confirmed that a special set of institutions would be set up, mirroring existing EU forums but excluding Britain. Ministerial councils and councils of envoys would meet to keep national governments in overall control of negotiations led by French former minister Michel Barnier, the point man for the European Commission, the EU executive.

EU governments are pressing Ms May to start talks. But they are also perplexed by what they see as unrealistic ideas in Britain about what can be achieved by an unprecedented exit that even few of its supporters thought likely before the vote.

 

Some British ministers say they can secure a free trade deal with the EU by the time the withdrawal process is over. Few EU leaders share that view and nor do many British officials.

Tags: european union, brexit, theresa may
Location: Belgium, Bryssel, Bruxelles [Brussel]