Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Brexit talks in danger as European Union gets tough on citizens' rights

Brexit talks in danger as European Union gets tough on citizens' rights

Also addressing MEPs in the same debate, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker echoed his European Council colleague, saying "Mr. Tusk said our door remains open, and I hope that will be heard clearly in London". "If people decide that Brexit isn't the right path for the country, they have the right to change their minds".

"What we need today is more clarity on the UK's vision", Mr Tusk said, warning that "time is limited".

In an interview with the German newspaper Welt am Sonnag, Mr Hammond said: "We've had an election in the United Kingdom in the meantime which made it very clear that the British people have no appetite for changing our economic model". "Our hearts are still open for you".

Theresa May has been ridiculed in the European Parliament after her government took credit for two major positive new EU regulations in the space of a week - without mentioning where the laws had come from.

Although the United Kingdom would still be the biggest loser from crashing out of the EU single market and customs union without a new trade deal - with a cost to the economy of £125bn by 2020 - the EU would also suffer a bigger economic hit than previously thought by the end of the decade, according to the consultancy Oxford Economics. Reports on Tuesday suggested that United Kingdom negotiators have already asked for that permission as part of a transition phase.

Mr Johnson also used the newspaper interview to insist the British public are not "gagging" for a second European Union referendum.

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"So the problem is the EU is very slow on free trade agreements, and if Britain gets free hands then you will be able to sign free trade agreements with India, with Turkey, with the USA, with Australia, with which the European Union does not have free trade agreements".

Theresa May has previously acknowledged that a two-year transition period is necessary to avoid a cliff edge Brexit and to provide certainty to the business community.

Britain has been the main defence against blacklisting, and despite claims by the EU that the black-list and Brexit are separate, once the United Kingdom is outside the EU, Europe will have a clearer path to put greater pressure on places they see as facilitating tax avoidance.

"Instead of crossing their fingers and hoping Brits will change their minds, European Union leaders should focus on securing a Brexit deal which benefits individuals and businesses across the United Kingdom and Europe". "My message to London", Weber said, "is please stop complaining, please deliver, give us an outlook about what you want to achieve for the future relationships".

The Economists for Free Trade group used a classic trade model to predict that GDP will spike by nine per cent, amounting to a one-off gain of £180 billion, if Britain leaves on March 29, 2019, without a deal.

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