US News Michel Barnier tells Britain: 'Time has now come to make a choice'

18:06  05 february  2018
18:06  05 february  2018 Source:   MSN

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LONDON — The EU's chief Brexit negotiator today told Britain "time has now come to make a choice" on what sort of relationship it wants with the European Union after it leaves the bloc.

Speaking at a press conference in Westminster on Monday afternoon, Michel Barnier warned Theresa May that the EU expects UK government to communicate an official position on what it wants from Brexit in the coming days.

Barnier told Britain that it cannot expect to enjoy tariff-free access to the EU markets after Brexit if it is outside the single market and customs union.

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"Without a customs union and outside the single market, barriers to trade in goods and services are unavoidable," he said.

On Sunday nightMay categorically ruled out Britain staying in a customs union with the EU after Brexit.

Aa senior government source told BI on Sunday evening: "To put this to rest, we are categorically leaving the customs union. It is not our policy to stay in the customs union. It is not our policy to stay in a customs union."

A spokesperson for the prime minister added on Monday that the government was instead looking at agreeing either a "highly streamlined customs arrangement" or "a new customs partnership" with the EU.

The statement followed a weekend in which senior Cabinet figures had publicly clashed over the issue.

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Mr Barnier said “ time is of the essence” and warned “major uncertainty” remains over the key issues of the divorce bill, citizens rights and the Irish border. Michel Barnier told Italian MPs Britain had one year from today to thrash out a Brexit deal.

On Sunday morning the Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC that the prime minister had an "open mind" about the issue. However, this was later dismissed by the Justice minister Dominic Raab, who told Sky News that: "I don’t think we’ll be in any form of customs union, at least as conceived in international trade practice."

The row comes ahead of a crunch meeting of May's Brexit 'war cabinet' which is due to discuss the issue of Britain's future relationship with the EU later this week.

Friends of the foreign secretary Boris Johnson had briefed at the weekend that he was prepared to help overthrow May if she insisted on keeping Britain in some form of customs union, saying "the cavalry is coming" on the issue.

The Cabinet is split over those who want certainty for business that trade will continue to be able to flow freely with the EU and those who want Britain to be able to rapidly sign free trade deals with the rest of the EU.

Membership of a formal customs union would limit Britain's ability to sign new deals. However leaked government analysis last week indicated that leaving the single market and customs union would damage Britain's economy in excess of any economic benefit from a free trade deal with other parts of the world.

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The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has given an update on the state of talks following the latest round of discussions in Brussels.Brussels’ chief Brexit negotiator also told reporters that agreement on a transitional deal after the UK leaves the bloc in March 2019 was “not a given”.

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