EU needs ‘lifelike and workable proposals’ from Britain on future relationship – draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders will name on Britain to offer “realistic and workable proposals” on its future relationship with the EU and depart the door open for London to alter its thoughts on a few of its “red lines” in negotiations – draft summit conclusions confirmed.

FILE PHOTO: An EU flag is waved close to the Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Draft conclusions of a summit of the leaders of the 27 nations that may stay within the EU after Britain leaves in March 2019 expressed concern that no substantial progress had been made to discover a technique to keep away from a bodily border between Ireland and Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Without a deal on the border the EU can’t conclude a “divorce” treaty with Britain, elevating the prospect that Britain would go away the bloc and not using a deal, which might hit business.

The leaders due to this fact known as for “intensified efforts” to succeed in the withdrawal settlement and a deal on a transition interval till the tip of 2020 that’s to provide firms time to regulate to the brand new state of affairs.

The leaders additionally say within the draft that extra effort must be made to agree on a future relationship between Britain and the EU after the transition interval ends.

“This requires further clarity as well as realistic and workable proposals from the UK as regards its position on the future relationship,” the draft mentioned.

The leaders additionally left the door open for Britain to alter its thoughts on sure “red lines” in negotiations, like London’s place to go away the EU’s customs union.

“The European Council recalls that if the UK positions were to evolve, the Union will be prepared to reconsider its offer,” the draft mentioned, referring to the EU place primarily based on Britain’s negotiating stance.

Reporting By Gabriela Baczynska, writing by Jan Strupczewski

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