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#Brexit: EU Asks UK To Wait Till 2018 For Final Deal

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The European Negotiators on Brexit deal have directed UK to wait till October 2018, for the decisive agreement.

EU’s Chief negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier disclosed this at press conference. Barnier said the “time will be short” for negotiations because the proposed deal needed to be ratified as part of the two year process set to commence in March.

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels, Mr Barnier said a task force of 30 people had been set up to make sure the EU would “be ready” when Article 50 was called.

“Time will be short; It is clear the period for actual negotiations will be shorter than two years.

“At the beginning, the two years included the time for the council to set guidelines and to authorize negotiations. At the end, the agreement must of course be approved by the Council and European Parliament. Finally the UK will have to approve the agreement – all within the two year period.

“All in all there will be less than 18 months to negotiate. That is short. Should the UK notify by the end of March as Prime Minister Theresa May said she would, it is safe to say negotiations could start a few weeks later and an Article 50 deal reached by October 2018’’ the Chief Negotiator stated.
Branier added that the UK could not “cherry pick” on issues such as the single market.

Earlier, the UK Prime Minister Mrs. Theresa told BBC that she was aiming for a “red, white and blue Brexit” for the UK.

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