BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will subject pointers for chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in March on the longer term relationship he ought to negotiate with Britain, no matter whether or not London clarifies what it desires, a senior EU official stated on Wednesday.
This provides to strain on the deeply break up government of Theresa May to spell out what Britain expects from a future free commerce take care of the EU after it leaves the bloc in March 2019.
EU officers stated that if Britain failed to offer any extra particulars on what it wished by March, the rules can be much less detailed, offering much less certainty for British companies determined for extra readability on their future business ties with the EU.
Some EU officers have additionally held up a possible delay in issuing the rules as a way of pressuring Britain to extra rapidly finalise talks on a withdrawal treaty and a transition interval that’s to comply with Britain’s exit.
But the senior EU official, near the Brexit course of, stated the completion of the withdrawal settlement was by no means a proper situation for producing the rules.
“It might be raised that …the legal text of the withdrawal agreement (should be) on the table and maybe even an agreement in principle on the withdrawal agreement… (but) in our view it was not a pre-condition for having the guidelines in March,” the official stated.
Since an settlement in December on the fundamentals of Britain’s withdrawal, EU officers have been urging London to make clear what it desires from a transition interval and a future relationship.
But the British government, break up into supporters of a more durable and softer line to take, has thus far been unable to make any proposals, aside from sticking to the preliminary place that Britain now not wished to be a part of the EU’s single market or customs union or respect European Court of Justice rulings.
These “red lines”, nonetheless, seem like irreconcilable with Britain’s pledge to not re-introduce a bodily border between Northern Ireland and Ireland or to offer its firms, together with banks, as full entry as attainable to the EU’s market.
The EU official stated that within the absence of any new enter from London by March, the rules for Barnier would merely be primarily based on what Britain has declared thus far.
“Some wishes have been expressed and on the basis of these wishes the guidelines will be prepared in March,” he stated.
The negotiations between the EU and Britain on the longer term relationship are to finish in October with a political declaration connected to the withdrawal treaty. The declaration will then be the idea of negotiating a correct free commerce settlement as soon as Britain ceases to be a member of the EU in March 2019.
Reporting By Jan Strupczewski; Editing by Toby Chopra