May sets out transition plan in bid to unlock Brexit talks

Cheryl Sanders
September 23, 2017

This will be much hard to negotiate than choosing to replicate an existing model, and will nearly certainly take longer to negotiate than the 12 months or so Britain has to left to reach a deal with the EU.

She also said Britain will honour its budget commitments made during the period of its EU's membership during.

"The only advance seems to be that the prime minister has listened to Labour and faced up to the reality that Britain needs a transition on the same basic terms to provide stability for businesses and workers".

However, Mr Varadkar expressed the need for further clarity regarding a possible trasition period, which he plans to discuss with her when the two leaders meet on Monday.

"The speech shows a willingness to move forward, as time is of the essence", the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said in a lengthy statement, adding that May's specially staged event in Renaissance Florence chimed with the spirit of Europe.

Addressing business leaders in the city of Florence, the Prime Minister said Brexit would be a "difficult process" but they had a duty to the next generation to agree good terms.

But it is not part of the "divorce bill" covering the UK's outstanding debts and liabilities to the European Union, which will still have to be agreed with European Union negotiators, meaning the final bill for Brexit could be far higher.

May said that United Kingdom would stay as EU's "strongest partner and friend" and continue to "honour its commitments" under the bloc's current budget. This border will become the only UK/EU land frontier.

Echoing reactions from diplomats and officials involved in the negotiations, Mr Barnier said Ms May's concessions on European Union citizens and case law was a "step forward".

The speech comes before a new round of Brexit negotiations in Brussels next week.

This period should be time limited, she added, at two years and during that time free movement of people would continue, although there would be a registration system.

David Davis, secretary of state for exiting the European Union, wrote in an opinion piece for CNN that the talks had been "constructive" while showing the need for "more flexibility" if a good deal was to be reached for all sides before Britain leaves in March 2019. And finally, most tellingly she said "we do not seek an unfair competitive advantage".

Now, however, it appears she will concede ground to the European Union and agree to some of their terms.

However, Mrs May said she was not backing down from a threat to leave the EU without an exit deal, and offered no concessions a key Brussels demand that the European Court of Justice should have jurisdiction to protect EU nationals' rights in the UK.

"It wouldn't be right for one party's court to have jurisdiction over the other", she said.

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