The Latest: EU negotiator: UK skimps on post-Brexit details
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the negotiations over Britain’s departure from the European Union (all times local):
The European Union’s Brexit negotiator says Britain still has not outlined its vision of how future ties between Brussels and London will work after Britain’s departure from the EU despite constant requests for more clarity.
EU negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters on Friday that he warned his British counterpart David Davis this week that “the moment has come to take decisions.”
Britain was expected to sketch in some of the details Friday, but Barnier says the British side canceled the meeting cancelled by the British side because of a scheduling conflict.
EU leaders have been pressing for information from Britain. Without a clear understanding of what kind of post-Brexit relationship the U.K. wants, they say they might have to create arrangements similar to those the EU has with other third countries, and not the special agreement London wants.
The European Union’s Brexit negotiator says that Britain has still not outlined its vision of future ties between Brussels and London after Brexit despite constant calls for more clarity.
Michel Barnier told reporters Friday that he warned his British counterpart David Davis this week that “the moment has come to take decisions.”
Britain had been scheduled to sketch in some details on Friday, but Barnier said the meeting at which that was due to happen was cancelled by the British side for agenda reasons.
EU leaders have been appealing for information. Without a clear understanding of what ties Britain wants in the future, they could be obliged to enter into arrangements similar to those with other third countries and not the special agreement that London seeks.
The European Union’s Brexit negotiator says major differences remain over whether Britain should be obliged to respect all EU rules and obligations during the transition period after Brexit.
The EU and Britain are negotiating a transition time that would begin when Britain’s departure from the bloc takes effect in March 2019 and run through 2020. Officials have said the period would allow Britain to ease its way out of the EU while providing certainty for businesses.
But EU negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters on Friday that “the transition is not yet sealed.”
He said: “If these disagreements persist, the transition is not (a) given.”
Barnier underlined that “the United Kingdom must accept all the rules and the conditions right until the end of the transition, and must also accept the inescapable consequences of its decision to leave the European Union.”