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Brexit negotiation BREAKDOWN? BBC Newsnight claims talks going through ‘difficult period’

October 12, 2018 4:24 AM
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BREXIT negotiations between the UK and EU have gone through a “difficult period” in the past 24 hours, raising concerns agreement won’t be reached before next week’s crunch EU summit meeting, according to a BBC Newsnight’s Nick Watt.

Mr Watt told Kirsty Wark, the show’s presenter, that “there are two big buts” in the ongoing talks.

Firstly “negotiations within the EU have entered a rather difficult period after the last 24 hours”.

On top of this Theresa May’s Cabinet is split over her call for the UK to stay in an EU customs union until a final Brexit deal is done.

Some Cabinet Ministers reportedly believe they will have no choice but to resign on or before Tuesday unless they get additional assurances.

The Cabinet is expected to meet on Tuesday where Theresa May hopes it will agree to a UK proposal for the EU withdrawal treaty which can then be handed to Brussels later in the week.

The hope is that such a document will allow talks to move on to future UK-EU trading relationship at next weeks summit.

Referring to the state of UK-EU negotiations Mr Watt added: “The way one person put it to me is it was always going to be difficult before it got better.”

However Mrs May has made one big concession by agreeing there won’t be any time limit on a potential ‘backstop’, the UK’s temporary trading relationship with the EU whilst a full deal is agreed.


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