Britain and EU ‘closing in’ on a Brexit settlement, Raab says

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and the European Union are “closing in” on a withdrawal settlement, Brexit minister Dominic Raab mentioned on Friday, earlier than a gathering of European leaders in Salzburg subsequent week.

Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab arrives at Downing Street in London, Britain, September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Britain is because of depart the bloc on March 29 however has but to achieve a full exit take care of Brussels, and a few rebels lawmakers in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party have threatened to vote in opposition to any settlement until she alters her proposals.

Both London and Brussels are hoping to achieve a deal by mid-November. May has mentioned subsequent week’s casual EU summit can be a “staging post” within the negotiations that may permit the bloc’s leaders to debate her Brexit plans for the primary time.

“While there remain some substantive differences we need to resolve, it is clear our teams are closing in on workable solutions to the outstanding issues in the Withdrawal Agreement, and are having productive discussions in the right spirit on the future relationship,” Raab mentioned after a cellphone name with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

“We reiterated our willingness to devote the necessary time and energy to bring these negotiations to a successful conclusion,” he mentioned, including that the pair agreed to take stock once more following the Salzburg summit.

Barnier mentioned on Twitter that he had had a “useful dialogue” with Raab however that key variations remained between the EU and Britain over the way forward for the Irish border and the EU’s system of defending meals names.

On Thursday the government revealed a set of recommendation notices for Britons on learn how to put together for the potential for a “no-deal” Brexit, and May held a gathering of her high workforce of ministers to debate the government’s plans for leaving with out an settlement.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney instructed the assembly Britain’s property market would crash and mortgage charges would spiral up within the event of a chaotic no-deal Brexit, with home costs falling 35 % over three years, the Times newspaper reported.

The Co-Operative (42TE.L), Britain’s sixth-largest grocery store group, mentioned it couldn’t assure shortages of some meals merchandise can be prevented within the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Pro-Brexit rebels in May’s social gathering have develop into more and more vocal of their opposition to her Brexit proposals this week, with one former junior minister saying 80 or extra of May’s lawmakers have been ready to vote in opposition to them.

The opposition Labour Party’s international affairs spokeswoman Emily Thornberry instructed the Financial Times her social gathering was set to vote in opposition to any Brexit deal and the dearth of a viable exit from the EU would power May from workplace earlier than Christmas.

Additional reporting by Philip Blenkinsop; modifying by Andrew Roche and David Stamp

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