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Barnier: UK can change mind on single market

Barnier: UK can change mind on single market
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Image caption Michel Barnier is leading the Brexit settlements for the EU

The UK has till completion of 2020 to alter its mind about leaving Europe’s single market, the European Union’s primary Brexit mediator has actually stated.

Michel Barnier stated that if the UK altered its “red lines” throughout the post-Brexit shift duration, the EU would likewise alter its position.

Theresa May states the UK will stop the EU single market and custom-mades union.

She states this is had to make sure the UK has the power to manage borders and do trade handle other nations.

The UK is set to leave the EU in March 2019, at which point the shift stage – which the UK federal government calls the application stage – will start. This will last till 31 December 2020, when the last plans concurred in between the 2 sides will start.

Negotiations are under method in between the 2 sides, however the UK has currently stated it prepares to leave the single market, which attends to smooth trade throughout borders and includes the complimentary motion of individuals in between member states.

In an interview with press reporters from numerous European papers, Mr Barnier stated the UK would not leave the single market and customizeds union till 31 December, and till this date, “whatever is possible”.

“If the UK wished to alter its red lines, we would for that reason alter ours,” he stated.

Mr Barnier included that he was not anticipating this to occur, however that the EU would not be dogmatic.

He recommended the UK might follow a comparable design to Norway, which has access to the single market in return for a monetary contribution, accepting EU law and permitting the complimentary motion of individuals.


‘Revealing remarks’

BBC Brussels reporter Adam Fleming

This is among those minutes where Michel Barnier states things he has actually stated prior to however in a manner that is exposing about how the remainder of the Brexit procedure will unfold.

The EU does not believe the future relationship with the UK will be settled by the date of its departure on 29 March 2019.

Which suggests that throughout the transition/implementation stage the UK might alter its mind – rather substantially – about exactly what it desires and after that work out on that basis.

It likewise recommends that the EU desires the file designing the shape of the future relationship which will be concurred throughout the next stage of talks this year to be really, extremely open – not the comprehensive plan the British federal government looks for.

On the existing trajectory, the UK will run out the EU in 2019 however the arguments about whether it must stay in the custom-mades union and the single market might continue right up till an offer on the future relationship is sealed.


The UK federal government states it desires a thorough, custom open market trade handle the EU to change its single market subscription.

It wishes to concur this by the Autumn in time for a “withdrawal contract” to be validated by the UK and EU Parliaments by March. The EU has actually recommended just a “political statement” will be possible by this due date.

On Tuesday, the European Council’s president stated Brexit makes him “furious”.

Speaking in Dublin, Donald Tusk stated the UK’s departure from the EU was “among the saddest minutes in twenty-first century European history”.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43725817

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