Second phase of Brexit talks will be harder than first - EU's Juncker

Ruben Hill
December 15, 2017

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May says she still plans to deliver Brexit despite her recent defeat but she faces a new vote next week - this time on fixing the date of Britain's final departure from the European bloc.

Reflecting on Brexit over the past year, the EU Commission President said it had been a "diffcult process", adding: "I am still sad our British friends are leaving the European Union".

Together, the two factors make it less likely that she will achieve the best possible deal, European Union leaders said, and if Parliament rejects what is on offer Britain will crash out of the European Union without a deal.

That deal, covering the divorce issues of citizens' rights, the Irish border and the UK's £39 billion exit bill, will now be transformed into a legally binding form to be signed by October ahead of ratification by the European Parliament, Westminster and national assemblies around the EU. Britain is due to leave in March 2019.

Malta's prime minister, Joseph Muscat, said "there was appreciation from everyone", despite concerns in the European Union of developments in London.

For now, European leaders are expected to move Brexit talks into a second phase when they can widen to include all-important trade negotiations.

"I think a lot of thinking needs to be done about that. Hope for close future relations with United Kingdom after Brexit".

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