German govt urges UK PM May to present concrete Brexit plans

February 14, 2018

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside Stormont House in Belfast, following a bilateral meeting with Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar after they held crunch talks at Stormont with the region's political leaders in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday Feb. 12, 2018. Northern Ireland's Catholic-Protestant power-sharing government has been suspended since January 2017, but with renewed high lefel talks both sides said Monday that progress has been made.(Niall Carson/PA via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has called on British Prime Minister Theresa May to present her government’s plans about the future relationship between Britain and the European Union after it leaves the bloc.

A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday “it’s important for us that Britain concretize its plans ... time is running out.”

Merkel is meeting with May in Berlin on Friday.

The EU’s Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said last week that Britain has still not outlined its vision of future EU-U.K. relations at virtually the half-way mark of the Brexit negotiations.

Britain officially departs the EU on March 29 next year — the first member ever to leave. But the extraordinarily complex negotiations must be concluded this fall to allow time for parliaments of EU nations to ratify any deal.

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