Brexit: Time to Drop the Niceties

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Series Details 05.06.18
Publication Date 02/07/2018
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In this Commentary feature the author said that as summer 2018 approached the clock for Brexit negotiations was running down. At some point soon, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May needed to take a stand on the many serious issues that were dividing her Conservative Party — and nowhere near being solved.

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In June 2018 three major Brexit connected events were due to occur:

+ the UK Government faced crunch votes on the Withdrawal Bill in the House of Commons
+ a White Paper setting out the UK Government's Brexit policy in greater detail was planned (postponed until 12 July 2018)
+ European Council, June 2018.

At the European Council, 28-29 June 2018 the UK Prime Minister was told that while welcoming the further progress made on parts of the legal text of the Withdrawal Agreement, there were still important aspects that needed to be agreed. The 27 leaders expressed their concern that no substantial progress had yet been achieved on agreeing a backstop solution for Ireland/Northern Ireland. They also stressed that work had be accelerated with a view to preparing a political declaration on the framework for the future relationship.

Theresa May was due to make a further effort to bridge divisions within her Conservative Party by offering a new proposal on what kind of future relationship the UK wanted with the EU at a meeting of her Cabinet minister at Chequers on the 6 July 2018.

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