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Brexit EU to reassure May with pledge for trade deal by 2021

 

Brussels seeks to help UK prime minister in run-up to next week’s vote in Commons

Theresa May is likely to be offered an “exchange of letters” confirming the EU’s intention to conclude trade talks with the UK by 2021, as Brussels seeks to help the prime minister in the run-up to next week’s Commons vote on her deal.

The correspondence under discussion would flesh out language already included in the withdrawal agreement but it is hoped its clarity could persuade some MPs of the EU’s intention to avoid triggering the Irish backstop.

Should talks on a sufficiently comprehensive and deep future trade deal be agreed and ratified by the the start of 2021, it is hoped there would be no need for the whole of the UK to fall into the customs union envisaged by that “all-weather” solution for avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland.

The target-date cited in the mooted correspondence would not constitute a deadline for concluding the trade talks, however, and EU officials are sceptical as to whether the gambit will be sufficient to win over enough MPs to get May’s contentious deal through parliament.

An EU official said: “We have to stick to what is in the withdrawal agreement. We can copy and paste – but what is the point if it is a copy and pasting exercise?” Read more

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Brexit EU to reassure May with pledge for trade deal by 2021

Brussels seeks to help UK prime minister in run-up to next week’s vote in Commons

Brexit: EU to reassure May with pledge for trade deal by 2021

Brussels seeks to help UK prime minister in run-up to next week’s vote in Commons

Brexit: EU to reassure May with pledge for trade deal by 2021

Brussels seeks to help UK prime minister in run-up to next week’s vote in Commons