The EU is to start out getting ready for its post-Brexit trade negotiations with the UK, whilst refusing to talk about the subject with the British govt.
An inside draft record noticed through the BBC suggests the 27 European Union nations will have to talk about trade amongst themselves whilst officers in Brussels get ready the main points.
The draft textual content may but be revised.
It comes because the EU’s leader negotiator, Michel Barnier, mentioned there was once “deadlock” over the UK’s Brexit invoice.
As the 5th spherical of talks led to Brussels on Thursday, Mr Barnier mentioned there had no longer been sufficient development to transport to the following degree of post-Brexit trade talks, however added that he was hoping for “decisive progress” by the point of the December summit of the European Council.
The draft paper submitted to the 27 EU states through European Council president Donald Tusk, suggests loose trade talks may open in December – will have to Prime Minister Theresa May reinforce her be offering on what the UK can pay when it leaves.
The BBC’s Europe correspondent Adam Fleming mentioned the the paper has been described as an “opening to the UK” to inspire the federal government to achieve a deal with the EU.
The record calls for talks – a few transition duration and the future dating – to transport to the following section “as soon as possible”.
The draft conclusions – to be put to EU leaders subsequent Friday – additionally name for extra concessions from the UK on its monetary duties and the rights of European nationals who need to keep after Brexit.
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The paper confirms Mr Barnier’s overview, that there has no longer been “sufficient progress” on 3 key components of a withdrawal treaty for leaders to comply with open the trade talks now.
But it says the leaders would welcome tendencies on those key problems: the rights of 3 million EU electorate within the UK, protective peace in Northern Ireland from the impact of a brand new border and Britain’s remarkable “financial obligations”.
The council would then pledge to “reassess the state of progress” at their December summit.
The record states that so as “to be fully ready”, EU leaders would ask Mr Barnier and his officers to start out getting ready now for a transition – albeit with out in reality beginning to communicate to the UK about it.
“The European Council invites the Council (Article 50) together with the Union negotiator to start internal preparatory discussions,” the draft reads.
Our correspondent mentioned that may pass some option to meet the request made through Brexit Secretary David Davis on the finish of this week’s talks, when he referred to as on EU leaders to recognize the brand new momentum injected into the method through the top minister’s speech in Florence remaining month.