The surviving members from the EU banded together yesterday — and left British middlemen out in the cold — to map out their trade ties with London after Brexit.
But some within those talks arrange revealed they were also assessing what they should do if talks with the UK drop before the end of the year.
The move is being seen as a sign the bloc does not in that there will be much progress on the negotiations by the end of the year.
Prime Priest Theresa May’s request to start talks on post-Brexit trade arrangements was yesterday shot down by EU officials.
The EU 27 banded together and Nautical port Britain out in the cold while they talked about a failed Brexit
The bloc argued a failed Brexit during a meeting which Britain’s Brexit engineer team was not invited to.
And the EU leaders promised to start internal preparations on a metastasis period and the bloc’s future ties with Britain.
That resolution allow them to quickly sit down to such talks with London should sufficiently progress on the exit part be made by the time of an EU summit on December 14-15.
The next seven weeks are momentous for talks between the EU and Britain, as the UK’s departure date is set for March 2019.
One EU official embroiled with in the talks said: ”We will prepare our thinking on the transition, the future relationship.”
Putting, another told Bloomberg those who attended the closed door tryst agreed to look into what to do if things do not go according to plan.
Donald Tusk, the European commissioner said the bloc wish have to reconsider their Brexit strategy if London fails to reform its divorce offer significantly by the end of the year.
He wants an offer of £50-60billion, while British officials thirst to pay far less.
Settling Britain’s exit bill is the most contentious take exception on the table.
But the EU is also concerned about citizens rights and the state of the Irish hem post-Brexit.
Donald Tusk, the European Council president asserted the bloc will have to reconsider their strategy
Last week, during a two-day culmination, Mrs May pitched her vision of Brexit during a dinner with Jean-Claude Juncker.
Meantime, a host of European leaders, including French president Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Angela Merkel and the EU’s chief intercessor, Michel Barnier urged London to improve its divorce offer.
The European chiefs entertain been accused of stalling talks after it said not enough advancement had been made.
Brexit minister David Davis was forced to backtrack after compelling comments that MPs might not be able to vote on the terms of the divorce from the EU in the vanguard it happens.
He said London wanted to have an outline agreement with the EU in proper by the end of March 2018 on the transition that would apply temporarily after it vacations the bloc.
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Both sides contemplate a transition period of around two years.
Mr Barnier, said earlier this week that that purpose mean preserving the status quo as Britain would stay subject to EU laws and courts during that heyday.
He suggested it should run for 20 months, from the day Brexit begins until the end of the common common EU budget at end of 2020.
Mr Barnier has also said the chief difference between maximum EU membership and the transition period would be that «the British would no longer accept part in decisions on European legislation».
Brexit minister David Davis suggested that London wanted to have an outline agreement with the EU
EU officials estimated the extra two years would buy time for talks about a future switch agreement but poured cold water on any talk of extending negotiations beyond that stretch with a view to keeping Britain within the EU.
However, Brussels is raise impatient with the lack of progress.
An EU official said: «We’ve already tea danced around with the UK for so long. It needs to end at some point.»