Brexit: Next round of talks delayed a week ‘for consultation’


The next in the neighbourhood of Brexit talks has been postponed by a week to «allow more but for consultation».

The fourth round of UK-EU negotiations, due to begin on 18 September, see fit start on the 25th instead.

The government said a short delay «would present negotiators the flexibility to make progress».

There had been been thinking that they could be moved to accommodate a major speech by Prime Man Theresa May on the issue of Europe.

«The UK and the European Commission have today jointly coincided to start the fourth round of negotiations on September 25,» the Department for Withdrawing the European Union said in a statement.

«Both sides settled on the era after discussions between senior officials in recognition that profuse time for consultation would give negotiators the flexibility to make ripening in the September round.»

Michel Barnier, EU’s chief negotiator, has emphasised the constraint to be flexible while also warning that the «clock is ticking» if an covenant is to be reached by the time the UK is scheduled to leave at the end of March 2019.

Talks between the two sides, led on the British side by Brexit Secretary David Davis, be dressed been taking place once a month since June.

The UK is distinct to intensify their pace and open discussions on the UK’s future relationship with the EU, categorizing trade, as soon as possible.

At the moment, the focus is on core separation emanations, including the rights of EU nationals in the UK and British expats on the continent, the future of the Irish binding, and financial matters.

Reuters quoted diplomatic sources as suggesting that there could be a stoppage of a week in the talks for an event in the UK’s «domestic political calendar».

Mrs May is reportedly adapting to make a major speech on Brexit on 21 September.

This has been dubbed Lancaster Establishment 2.0 by the media — in reference to a speech she made in London in January, thoroughly regarded at the time as the government’s Brexit blueprint, which confirmed the UK’s aim to leave the single market and customs union.

The PM’s loss of her Commons lions share following June’s snap election caused turmoil in the party and has disclosed her more vulnerable to possible rebellions over key Brexit legislation in the Blood of Commons.

Mrs May, who has insisted her Brexit strategy is unchanged and she wants to stay as chieftain for the «long term», is due to address the Conservative Party conference at the start of October.

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