Germany urges United Kingdom to move in Brexit negotiations

Glen Norman
July 25, 2018

Yesterday's statement confirms reports last week that a tranche of staff had moved from the DExEU to the Cabinet Office following David Davis's resignation as Brexit secretary. But since then, she has suffered a political crisis as pro-Brexit ministers Boris Johnson and Davis resigned in protest, accusing her of failing to deliver the decisive split from the bloc that voters want.

Raab, who met Barnier for the first time last week and is due back in Brussels on Thursday to resume talks, said, "You can't have one side fulfilling its side of the bargain and the other side not, or going slow, or failing to commit on its side".

"Instead, we need to focus on what we do as negotiators".

"What we have got is the officials hitherto who have been informing and supporting the negotiation in once place, with a ministerial chain of command clearly set out".

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said Europe must "show much more flexibility and creativity" to avoid a "no deal by accident" situation post-Brexit.

"I think it's only the responsible thing to do to be prepared if those negotiations, and the energy and ambition and pragmatism we're showing, are not reciprocated", he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

Talks have stalled as European Union negotiators awaited a clear plan from the United Kingdom for its future relationship with the EU. "I think he is a great representative for your country".

"And that is what we are trying to do here".

"There has been pressure from Dublin to try to change the character of the inter-governmental conference in a way that would not be acceptable to unionists and probably not acceptable to the British Government either", he said.

Speaking in the northern English city of Newcastle, May told factory workers that Britain was making sure it was ready for a no-deal Brexit but that she was working to get an agreement that the British parliament would support. "Over centuries Britain has always honoured its financial obligations".

"Still, now that Theresa May has taken "personal control" of Brexit away from the Brexiteers, perhaps a positive outcome is possible", said the commentary.

The Prime Minister said: "Many people said that immediately after the referendum, we would see a collapse in our economy".

Mr Hunt is meeting Heiko Maas to discuss a range of issues including Britain's leaving of the European Union, Nato, the Western Balkans and Iran.

When asked whether there could be a "regulatory border down the Irish Sea", Raab said: "We will do everything we can to protect the integrity of the United Kingdom".

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